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Benefits of a Burn
Photograph by Randy Olson

Hot, dry air and abundant vegetation can be a deadly combination, sparking unchecked wildfires. But low-intensity fires like this one burning in timbered savanna south of Darwin can reduce fuel load, preventing future fires from spreading out of control. Sometimes such fires are deliberately set. Their purpose, says John Whatley of the Bushfires Council of the Northern Territory, "is to create a cool mosaic of burnt areas with minimum damage to the environment."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon 10D
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 16-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/10 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Hot sun
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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