Rep. Coffman gets his 'hands dirty'

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)  got a little dirty this weekend, helping a Colorado community to prevent wildfires.

Coffman, a member of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, posted this photo of himself looking manly as he helps to haul away cleared pine branches, which are known as "slash," near the aptly-named city of Conifer, Colo.

"Got my hands dirty last weekend helping out with a slash pickup project near Conifer," Coffman wrote. 

Pine trees are regularly thinned out to prevent branches from becoming too heavy and breaking off. If branches hit the ground they can dry out and pile up, acting as kindling if they come in contact with a spark or a lit cigarette.

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