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BALDWIN — Although Michigan’s fire season is just getting started, the Department of Natural Resources’ newest skidder is already getting a lot of time in the dirt. The forestry skidder, which has been adapted for use in both prescribed burn and wildfire suppression operations, is being used for its first full fire season this year.
“The skidder’s placement at the Baldwin Field Office is expected to assist DNR staff in reducing the size of wildfires,” said Bruce Tower, fire manager of the Baldwin Field Office. “The skidder, when built into a firefighting vehicle, is the most effective means of building a fireline around a fire. If you can get a fireline built around a fire quickly, the fire size and damage are kept to a minimum and that is the goal in fire containment.”