According to the Cape Cod Times of April 30, 2013: "The Massachusetts Army National Guard's Natural Resource Program is conducting a prescribed burn at the Upper Cape base.
The burn will be held in partnership with federal, state and non-profit agencies. The objective of the burn is to reduce the risk of wildfire by eliminating the heavy buildup of dead wood and debris that can act as fuel. Prescribed burns also manage the habitat for endangered and rare species on the 22,000 acre base. Local fire departments receive training during the prescribed burns. The fire, on a 210 acre section of the base, is taking place in a mixture of scrub oak and pitch pine, according to Jacob McCumber, natural resources manager for the Massachusetts Army National Guard. For more information, see the Guard's web site at http://www.EandRC.org"
The Otis Air National Guard installation is an Air National Guard installation located within the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR). The Otis Air National Guard is highlighted on the image.
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