You are backpacking with some friends in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina when you are hit by a late winter storm. There is six inches of wet snow on the ground with more falling. When you reach your evening camp, one of your friends, Dave, decides to build a small fire. You watch as he gathers twigs and downed brush together in preparation; some of the twigs catch your eye (see photo).
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