Forest Burn Hopes to Increase 2012 Huckleberry Yield

Huckleberry fields benefit from flames

The Columbian

SAWTOOTH HUCKLEBERRY FIELDS ā€” On a blue-sky late September afternoon high in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, firefighters from the Forest Service and the Yakama Tribe waited, drip torches in hand, for the state to give the go-ahead so they could set the woods on fire.

When the green light came, they marched into a thinned mixed-conifer stand bordering the road, spaced themselves along the boundaries of a 20-acre plot, and began igniting huckleberry bushes and low-lying shrubs and grasses. …

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