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A member of Vandenberg Hotshots subdues a controlled fire Sept. 18, 2019 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The goal of this one-day burn was to reduce the risk of wildfires, as well as increase the habitat for an endangered species that resides in the area by re-contouring the sand dunes for more suitable nesting conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

A member of Vandenberg Hotshots subdues a controlled fire Sept. 18, 2019 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The goal of this one-day burn was to reduce the risk of wildfires, as well as increase the habitat for an endangered species that resides in the area by re-contouring the sand dunes for more suitable nesting conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

A member of Vandenberg Hotshots closes in on a controlled fire Sept. 18, 2019 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. A team of 18 Hotshots worked on the controlled burn of grassland and coastal sage at Purisma Point Beach. The goal of this one-day burn was to increase the habitat for the Western Snowy Plover by re-contouring the sand dunes for more suitable nesting conditions while also reducing the risk of wildfire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

A member of Vandenberg Hotshots closes in on a controlled fire Sept. 18, 2019 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. A team of 18 Hotshots worked on the controlled burn of grassland and coastal sage at Purisma Point Beach. The goal of this one-day burn was to increase the habitat for the Western Snowy Plover by re-contouring the sand dunes for more suitable nesting conditions while also reducing the risk of wildfire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

Vandenberg Hotshots cut a line during a controlled fire Sept. 18, 2019 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Hotshots are an elite small crew of wildland firefighters who have been trained to deal with fires in remote regions where other support is unavailable to assist. They don’t carry water to fight fire; they use shovels and chainsaws, dig lines, and cut down trees to contain the brushfire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

Vandenberg Hotshots cut a line during a controlled fire Sept. 18, 2019 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Hotshots are an elite small crew of wildland firefighters who have been trained to deal with fires in remote regions where other support is unavailable to assist. They don’t carry water to fight fire; they use shovels and chainsaws, dig lines, and cut down trees to contain the brushfire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

Mike Rivera and Alex Duncan, Vandenberg Wildland Support Module fire operation technicians, observe the controlled fire Sept. 18, 2019 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Vandenberg Fire Department and Hotshots team conducted a prescribed burn of grassland and coastal sage scrub. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

Mike Rivera and Alex Duncan, Vandenberg Wildland Support Module fire operation technicians, observe the controlled fire Sept. 18, 2019 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Vandenberg Fire Department and Hotshots team conducted a prescribed burn of grassland and coastal sage scrub. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --