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Agencies team up to prepare for wildfire season

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TUCSON - The Fort Apache Agency, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Forest Service teamed up once again to prepare for wildfire season on Friday.

For a second year, the groups joined together to clear out the dry fuels in the Coronado National Forrest.

This reduces the intensity of wildfires, according to Jeremy Harlan of the Fort Apache Agency.

"Our ancestors lived here once before...," said Harlan. "It's a blessing to come back here, walking where they once walked, where they once lived..."

Heidi Schewel is a park ranger for Coronado National Forest.

"We're having a part in maintaining cultural ties to ancestral lands and that's something you really can't put a value on," said Schewel.

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Carla Litto

Digital content producer for KVOA News 4 Tucson. Carla previously interned at the NBC affiliate. She is currently a senior at UArizona majoring in journalism.

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