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Prescribed burn maintains ecosystem, mission flexibility
Nathan Price, an Air Force Civil Engineer Center wildland fire management specialist, walks through an access road during a prescribed burn Jan. 25 at White Point Recreation Area on the Eglin reservation in Florida. Prescribed fires maintain the base's ecosystem in its pristine state, reduce dangerous buildup of understory and enable maximum flexibility to conduct test and training missions without causing catastrophic wildfires.The Fire Management division here applies prescribed fire to an average of 90,000 acres annually. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)