Chainsaws in Pine Haven


March 24, 2022

Grace Moore

The Montana Conservation crew takes a breather during a long day of clearing ladder fuels from around the trees.

The 22-person Montana Conservation crew has split into two teams with one working in the classroom and the other on the ground in Pine Haven, clearing the area between the bigger trees. This is done so that ladder fuels won't carry the fire up the trunks of those trees to create "crown" fires at the top that can jump from crown to crown quickly and cannot be fought from the ground.

These crown fires can only be conquered from the air.

Residents could hear the chainsaws Monday morning as the first 13-person crew of the week worked in the timber on the end of Elm Street in Pine Haven, busily...

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