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U.S. Forest Service Zone Fire Management Officer Sam Duerksen uses a drip torch to start several piles of slash material on fire Thursday morning in the Lynx Pass area. The controlled burn was part of a joint effort with a private landowner to clean up and create access to a firebreak in an area known for wildfires. Duerksen said the cleanup will make fighting fires in the future easier and should make access in and out of the area safer in the case of a wildfire.

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Property owners, firefighters take steps to battle blazes before they start

A landowner on Lynx Pass and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to clear a stretch of road that might prove vital in case of fire.

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