Photo of the Week: Calif. firefighters rescue flowers from invasive tree species on Earth Day
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This week's Photo of the Week comes from the CAL FIRE San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit, highlighting how firefighters helped protect both the community and local populations of native California poppies on Earth Day.
Firefighters spent the day cutting down non-native Monterey pine trees that present a fire hazard and compete with the poppies and native grasses for water and nutrients. Fire Apparatus Engineer Kevin Beacham posed with the flowers, which are the official state flower of California.