Fire Sunrise

The wild fires in northern California are well over 100 miles away from the Red Dog Estate, but the smoke can be seen far from where the fires are raging. The last two mornings the sunlight shining through the eastern facing windows has been a deep red. Yesterday morning I could barely see the hills that surround the valley and the air smelled of burning forest. Many of the forest areas I have visited are overgrown with Manzanita and the ground is thick with duff. The Bark Beetle has killed many trees which add fuel to the rapidly spreading fires. Contrary to what has been reported, this summer has been cooler than most with no high temperature records having been broken. It really comes down to poor management of the forests. Fire has always been a part of a healthy forest in California but forest fires has been suppressed for many decades creating the conditions we are seeing. Factor in that many people are choosing to live in these forested areas, but fail to create a defensible space around their homes or towns, and you have the conditions for the fire storms we are seeing. My heart goes out to those affected by these fires.

6 thoughts on “Fire Sunrise

  1. Management is key in a forested area, Patrick. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling to have that pall of smoke on the horizon. It happened to us quite a few years ago in Tavira. This year the Algarve is like a tinderbox and the fires sweeping through the hills are really scary. I’ve watched them on the news with horror.

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    1. I’m amazed that the news is not reporting the fact that poor management of the forest is feeding the fires. I can only speculate that those reporting on the fires have never walked far into the wilderness. I’ve talked with rangers and wilderness firefighters about this problem. In the end, the politicians and some environmental groups are putting lives in danger with their positions.

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  2. I was in Tahoe a couple of years ago when there were huge fires close to Yosemite, will never forget the red of the sunsets/sunrises and all the smoke . . . . as you see it all requires better forest management.

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    1. I heard one news report about thinning the forests and the environmentalists immediately opposed the idea. The native Americans use to light controlled burns in the fall which decreased the fuel available. It also allowed plants they depended on for food and medicine to flourish. Too bad the politicians, environmentalists, wild land fire fighters, and lumber companies cannot work together to make the forest healthier.

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