WVII reports on controlled burn for training and research

WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine partnered with the Maine Forest Rangers to conduct a controlled burn in the Penobscot Experimental Forest in Bradley on Sept. 17. Two plots of land were intentionally set ablaze as a training exercise for local firefighters, to test new equipment and for sustainability research. Researchers are investigating different ways to reduce the fuel load, or amount of flammable material, and studying what happens over the long term as the forest grows back, WVII reported.