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      Seney Wildlife Refuge benefits from controlled burn

      There was a fire in the Seney Wildlife Refuge Friday, but it was for a good cause.

      Officers conducted a controlled burn at the refuge. Today's burn was a 150 acre area of the refuge. Seney burns about 2,000 to 3,500 acres a year.

      Safety is a huge priority for the crew who wear non-flammable protective clothing and hardhats.

      "We conduct prescribed fires like this one at Seney to reduce excessive buildup of dead vegetation and sometimes live vegetation to protect our natural resources and homes from unplanned wildfires," says Brenda Dale, Fire Management.

      Researchers from the University of Minnesota placed thermal and carbon sensors around the burn area. They were testing for carbon emission and the ecosystems vulnerability to burning.