What happens after a forest fire like the HUGE Rim Fire burning near Yosemite?
Vance Russell, the National Forest Foundation’s Director of Programs for California has sent out an email to everyone who, I guess, supports the National Forest Foundation, and I thought now might be a good time to share it with you:
As I write this morning there are 22 fires burning in California that have scorched nearly 343,000 acres of National Forest lands – a size that could encompass the city of Los Angeles. While I was in South Lake Tahoe last weekend, the visibility barely allowed views of the lake, let alone the famous mountains surrounding it. While I felt sorry for travelers who had come there with high hopes only to be disappointed, smoke-impeded views are among the least important concerns for those who treasure California’s public lands.
Throughout the West we have seen increases in both the number and size of fires destroying forests and property due to changes in climate including high temperatures, drought, and decreasing spring snowpack. Unfortunately, drought conditions are expected to persist in Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico, which means more fires are likely in our future as well. While wildfires damage all lands without regard for political boundaries, our National Forests are particularly hard hit each season.