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Raking to Reduce Fire Spread and Decrease Threat to Micro-Habitats

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NCSU eFire- Wimberley – raking and lighter stumps

Jesse Wimberly and a fire crew member rake a line to remove fuels and expose the bare mineral soil. This will keep the moving flame front from crossing this zone lacking fuel. Stumps are also raked around to reduce the risk of fire to lighter stumps. These stumps are remnants of the original forest. Lighter stumps are perfect places for hibernaculum like snakes and lizards. Making sure these micro-habitats remain are essential in ensuring the proliferation of species like the Northern Pine Snake.