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Spring fire season is underway.

The subject of forest fires brings an eerie feeling to most. Living in a state that is highly forested with vast, remote areas of land may add to that feeling.

For me, walking an old burn shows the scars and the healing from one of nature’s most powerful forces — fire.

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Chris Ellis is a veteran of the outdoors industry. His book “Hunting, Fishing and Family from The Hills of West Virginia” is available at Contact him at

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