By Aaron Kimple
Special to The SUN
Southwest Colorado and Northern New Mexico offer an expanse of recreational opportunities and beautiful vistas. We are drawn to this area because of the mountains, the forests and the rivers. But, like everywhere else, living in these wild places comes with challenges presented by the natural environment, and wildfire is one of those. While we tend to think of wildfire as threatening, wildfire is a critical component of forest health; it has determined what our forests have looked like and what wildlife they support for thousands of years.
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