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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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New study shows beetle-killed trees ignite faster

(AP) – 1 day ago

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — New research into the mountain pine. beetle epidemic has found the red needles of a beetle-killed tree can ignite up to three times faster than the green needles of a healthy tree.

The findings by U.S. Forest Service ecologist Matt Jolly dispel the notion that beetle-killed trees present no greater fire danger than live ones. That theory that had gained traction after a couple of wet, cool summers tamped down fire activity in the region.



Battle for the Black Hills

Black Hills National Forest supervisor Craig Bobzien said the Forest Service is focusing on a four part strategy to fight bark beetles which have now affected over 400,000 acres of pine forests in just 13 years.

Bobzien said crews have marked over 150,000 beetle infested trees in the past six months to cut and haul to mills before the beetles fly again in August 2011. “We’re using every tool in our tool kit to blunt this attack,” he said. Everyone is working together, he said.



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