Prescribed burns maintain ecosystem, mission flexibility
A warning sign is posted at the edge of the Eglin reservation during a prescribed burn at White Point Recreation Area in Florida.The 96th Civil Engineer Group's Fire Management division applies prescribed fire to an average of 90,000 acres annually. 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.(U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)