Recently, part of Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford caught fire.
But this shoreline blaze wasn’t a disaster.
It was actually a carefully-planned “burn” aimed at preserving what’s been called the “last remnant” of eastern prairie in Connecticut.
Before fifteen acres are set to flame, workers scorch ground, creating a blackened “safe zone” to contain the fire.
Each member of the crew has a specific role. Bruce Villwock, district fire warden, hauls a hose used to wet down land adjacent to the planned blaze.