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Kerry Gregg, Melrose Air Force Range fire management officer, uses a drip torch to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo  by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

Kerry Gregg, Melrose Air Force Range fire management officer, uses a drip torch to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

A section of Melrose Air Force Range is set fire for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

A section of Melrose Air Force Range is set fire for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

A Melrose Air Force Range firefighter uses a drip torch to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

A Melrose Air Force Range firefighter uses a drip torch to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

A Melrose Air Force Range firefighter prepares a drip torch used to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel, preventing their spread. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

A Melrose Air Force Range firefighter prepares a drip torch used to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel, preventing their spread. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

A Melrose Air Force Range firefighter readies his tool before starting fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel,  preventing their spread. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

A Melrose Air Force Range firefighter readies his tool before starting fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel, preventing their spread. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

Kerry Gregg, Melrose Air Force Range fire management officer, uses a drip torch to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo  by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

Kerry Gregg, Melrose Air Force Range fire management officer, uses a drip torch to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

Melrose Air Force Range firefighters keep close watch of fires started for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

Melrose Air Force Range firefighters keep close watch of fires started for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

Kerry Gregg, Melrose Air Force Range fire management officer, uses a drip torch to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo  by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

Kerry Gregg, Melrose Air Force Range fire management officer, uses a drip torch to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

A section of Melrose Air Force Range is set fire for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

A section of Melrose Air Force Range is set fire for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole)

Gary Smith, a Melrose Air Force Range firefighter, uses a drip torch to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley)
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Gary Smith, a Melrose Air Force Range firefighter, uses a drip torch to start fires for a controlled burn, March 5, 2012. Controlled burns are used to deprive wild fires of fuel and to prevent them from spreading. Melrose Range provides a space for realistic training of ground and air forces and is operated by Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley)

Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. -- Firefighters at Melrose Air Force Range are working hard to maintain the range, keeping it safe for the ground and air forces that take advantage of it's realistic training grounds.

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