Today’s visitors to Mesa Verde National Park see a vastly different landscape than their counterparts did decades ago. In the past ten years, fire has swept over more than half the acreage contained within the park’s boundaries. In 2000 alone, two fires encompassed more than 21,000 acres before they were contained. Fire on the Mesa examines the unique environment of Mesa Verde and the changing views of how to best protect it, taking readers inside the day-to-day struggle to combat wildland fire while protecting priceless cultural resources.
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