Fire danger in Oracle has officials pushing for better protection for homes

Masticating brush cutting machines have been used to chew up trees in many areas of the Coronado National Forest in Oracle, AZ. These pieces of debris may still catch fire but the flames only rise about a foot compared to nearly 60 foot flames from trees in the area. It makes fighting fires easier and lessens the danger from firebrands, those burning embers that blow out beyond a fire and ignite other fuel .Photo taken Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Photo by Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star.

February 21, 2014 4:08 pm  • 

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