Map showing the progression of the Medano Fire, from initial lightning strike to the fire's peak on the slopes of Mt. Zwischen (.jpg file, 10"x17" @ 72dpi, 1.8MB)
Wildfire Ecology at Great Sand Dunes
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The Medano Fire began as a lightning strike in June 2010, and burned about 6000 acres in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve. Park Biologist Phyllis Pineda Bovin explores Medano Canyon to give insights about aspens, bighorn sheep, wildflowers, and more. 9 minutes.