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Old 08-19-2013, 11:43 PM   #1
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A Bad Fire Season

As of today, there are 49 major wild fires in 11 western states.I know this is part of natures renewal process but it's hard to witness never the less. The combination of pine beetle kill, drought, lighting, and poor forest management are partly to blame. I may have lost some of the places I hoped to revisit in retirement. Budgets, manpower, and air support is in short supply as the forest service deals with this overwhelming issue. Please... if you see anyone being careless or stupid with campfires and lit cigarettes, do or say something to prevent another wildfire. And finally... remember those fire crew members who lost their lives this year while protecting the lives and property of others.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:47 PM   #2
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Well said.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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Tragic beyond words. Last week was up at the Valle Caldera preserve here in drought-ravaged NM-- that's where a big fire raged this past spring. A wet July has greened things up, but...

Our guide showed us where the fire fighters kept their base camp in the preserve, and talked passionately about the great and intense job they did fighting that spring forest fire. They stopped it just short of the old ranch cabins. These were the same 16 guys from Arizona who just recently lost their lives.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:08 PM   #4
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Yes, we came through the Valle the week before during a trip up to Bandelier. Nice to see the green but some of the landscape will never be the same. Those crews really did a great job....so sad.

Bandelier National Monument buildings at the bottom of the canyon are all sandbagged against the flash floods which are a result of the fires..
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I remember when seeing Yellowstone for the first time how disappointed I was because all I saw was acres of blackened trees damaged by wildfires from years ago. It takes a long time to restore what nature and man destroys.
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I remember when seeing Yellowstone for the first time how disappointed I was because all I saw was acres of blackened trees damaged by wildfires from years ago. It takes a long time to restore what nature and man destroys.
We felt the same until talking to one of the rangers who told us that the forest fires in Yellowstone were actually allowed to burn to some extent. Apparently the fires are an important part of the continuing balance of the natural ecology of the park.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:42 PM   #7
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Our son was a wildland firefighter in California for three seasons. It gave us a new understanding of the perils of building homes in certain areas of the west -- perils to the firefighters as well as the homes and people. We were in Yellowstone about two years after the fires and were surprised actually at how it was already greening up. The fires in Yosemite though are evidently threatening the giant Sequoia which would be a terrible loss.
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But the giant sequoias ned fire in order for their seeds to drop.so fire in a way is a good thing
This fire started the day we left
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that is a good reminder, Anna-Marie -- some of the fires are nature's way --
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I camped in some locations last year that made me afraid to unhitch. Fear that someone or something would light the tinderbox and we would need to make a fast getaway to live another day. One night I awoke to a bright glow of large flames through my blinds at a camp fifty yards across from us. I confronted a couple of idiots about their huge campfire. Sparks were drifting up into a dead widow-maker next to them. They said they were leaving the next day and needed to burn up the large pile of firewood they had brought along. My reply was: Put out your dam campfire or I will! It was lucky that the entire Snowy Range in Wyoming didn't go up in smoke. We promptly left the next morning also. Camping in standing dead pines is just too risky.
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