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Small diameter surface fuel will be removed during the prescribed burn. Canopy cover and structural diversity has been modified. Fire resilience and biodiversity may be improved with the increased sunlight now able to reach the forest floor. Large diameter ponderosa pine have been preserved and because of their increased growing space and the resulting reduction in intertree competition they will be able to grow more quickly.
The open conditions will result in more sunlight reaching the forest floor providing for greater vegetation diversity.   Large woody debris was maintained in some locations.
In some locations the existing forest condition with heavy white fir mortality resulted in fairly open conditions after the restoration treatment. Small diameter white fir that were not removed during the mechanical treatment could be removed during the prescribed burn. Fuel ladders have been reduced. Ground fuels, some of which existed prior to mechanical harvest, will be reduced with prescribed fire.

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