chaparral burn hopland evett kilmartinPrescribed burn of chaparral at the Hopland Center. Such burns lessen the impact of wildfires. Photo by Evett KilmartinTwo-thirds of the more than 5,000 acre Hopland Research and Extension Center was scorched in the River Fire last week. Reporter Sarah Reith of KZYX in Mendocino County ventured into a pasture with the center's community educator Hannah Bird on Saturday. The ground was black, but a lot of the oak trees were only lightly singed. Bird described why she thinks the fire wasn't as destructive as it could have been. 
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