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Young Scientists Measure Wildfire Threat

Jul 8, 2016

For the folks beating back flames during New Mexico’s dry season, knowing the science behind fire behavior can save lives and property. Members of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) are collecting information on fuel loads, which are the amount of wood on a forest floor that could sustain a fire. The hope is that the data will help firefighters predict the direction and intensity of a blaze.

KUNM’s Anna Lande hung out with two YCC crew leaders at the sunburnt Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and sent us this postcard.