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Devens RFTA uses fire for conservation

By K. Houston Waters, Devens RFTA Public Affairs – November 18, 2019

Wildland firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service participate in the prescribed burn at Devens Reserve Forces Training Area (Devens RFTA) Nov. 4, 2019. The Forest Service crew worked in cooperation with Devens RFTA, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Bureau of Air & Waste, Central Region (MassDep), the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Bureau of Forest Fire Control (DCR), to burn 189 acres of Turner Drop Zone for land and resource management, conservation, and training. (Photo Credit: Devens RFTA)
Devens, Mass. — When most of us consider the impact of wildfire, we usually think about destruction and chaos. What we usually do not consider are the many benefits of fire. If the power of fire is effectively controlled, natural environments, organizations, and communities can benefit, especially in the areas of resource management, conservation, and increased inter-operability of safety and fire personnel. Beginning in early November, Devens Reserve Forces Training Area (Devens RFTA) put this method to practice by utilizing a process known as “prescribed burning” on one of their training ranges.

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