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Controlled burn a tool for improvement

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Flames and fumes rise from the prescribed burn on approximately 200 acres of refuge land at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge mid-morning on Thursday. Floyd Truetken, Refuge Manager at Bitter Lake, said the controlled burn is a tool for habitat improvement for the grass and wetlands — as well as for wildfire prevention for buildings at the refuge. Truetken (not pictured) said the burn began before lunch and would be finished by mid-afternoon. (Alison Penn Photo)

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