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Super hot fires in the thickets of pines on the Rim, like the Dude Fire, caused dramatic increases in erosion, sterilized the soil and posed the threat of catastrophic mud slides for Rim communities.

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My snowmobile coasted to a halt in the unbroken snow. Game and Fish Habitat Specialist John Goodwin roared up beside me, then cut his engine.

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