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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

By Ryan Stark / The Nucleus

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

By John Fleck / Journal Staff Writer

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