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Forest Service officials inspect a DC-10 that arrived in Albuquerque recently. It is expected to be deployed in the fight against wildfires. (Ryan Stark/The Nucleus)

Fighting fires from the sky

U.S. Forest Service moves toward using larger aircraft to battle Western wildfires

Forest workers from Restoration Solutions of Corona thin more than 100 acres of overgrown ponderosa pine forest in the Horse Camp area of the Sandia Mountains. The overgrown woods in the mountains of New Mexico are the result of a century of firefighting that prevented natural, low-intensity fires that used to clear out undergrowth. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Fires can damage important watersheds

Overgrown forests are the result of firefighting that prevented natural fires that cleared out undergrowth

Forest officials assess fire damage

SANTA FE – Santa Fe National Forest officials say work is underway to assess damage and recommend work to be done in a 5.6-square-mile area burned by a wildfire.