Colorado Springs Fire Department regularly tests foliage to determine fire danger
Fuels Technician Ashley Whitworth cuts Ponderosa Pine needles as one of the samples to bring back to the wildfire mitigation lab to test fuel moisture at Mt. St. Francis, Monday, June 24, 2013. Fuel moisture is one of the factors for determining the level of fire danger. Whitworth usually goes to one location on the south side of the city and one on north. She takes seven different samples from each of the sites back to the lab for testing. Photo by Junfu Han. The Gazette.