“Lodgepole and fire go way back. It is a tree comfortable with fire. Yes, lodgepole has been burned before but still invites the old flame over to spend the night. Should fire be unavailable or otherwise preoccupied, lodgepole turns to another old friend to heighten the allure: the mountain pine bark beetle.”
Lodgepole recently killed by mountain pine bark beetle
When the needles are red, the tree is incredibly flamable
This is from one of the best written stories I have read about lodgepole pine and fire. By Paul Driscoll in New West. Read the article.