Al Crouch, the fire mitigation/education specialist for the Vale District of the Bureau of Land Management points to a section of dry ground on a nearby knoll last week. Dry conditions are prevalent across the high desert. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).
VALE – Al Crouch leaned over and pushed the sagebrush leaves away until his hands clutched a batch of what looked like dried twigs.
Then he rubbed the twigs together in the palm of his hand. Dust and dirt erupted into a faint brown cloud.
“See . . .