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BLM: Fuel break does the job

Charred ground stops at a maintained break, showing the benefit in wildfire situations. (Submitted photo/BLM)

The Enterprise

VALE – Bureau of Land Management officials say a fuel break established 12 years ago helped protect private lands when wildfire broke out last month south of Vale.

The Lincoln Bench Fire started in early July and was pushed by light winds from private land onto BLM land.

As the fire crossed the boundary, it ran into a fuel break created in 2004 and maintained since then to protect private structures and property around Willow Creek.

The break halted the spread to the south; the fire was able to slowly flank it on the east and west edges. However, a single BLM heavy engine . . .