Sunday, October 05, 2014

Marsh Fire

There was a small fire at the marsh at the end of August. We didn't get to see the damage until last week. It wasn't a large fire, not anything like the fires that were raging a hundred miles east of us. But it was a surprise to see the charred earth and trees so close to the lush green ponds. Here's a link to a news article about it in our local newspaper.





10 comments:

  1. good thing it didn't spread! a strange contrast to see burned vegetation right next to water.

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  2. I'm glad it didn't cause major damage or spread further. It'll be interesting for you to watch how the vegetation regrows. Sometimes the fires could be a good thing.

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  3. Presumably all caused by a carelessly thrown cigarette end. At my local nature reserve they frequently burn off areas to control the scrub; recovery is amazingly rapid, so I hope it will be in this case too.

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  4. There were a few fires near the place I go in Wales last week, now its raining & I think they will not have to worry now.. Fire like that are bad news if they get out of hand

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  5. Tara-- Really lucky that it didn't spread. The marsh interpretive center was at risk. It was surprisingly close to it.

    Dave-- We were delighted to see green shoots already popping up everywhere. We were lucky to get 3 inches of rain at the end of September. That really helped.

    John-- I put a link on the original post to an article in the local newspaper. They surmised that it was from an unattended camp/cook stove. There are a lot of homeless people in the area. A prescribed burn really can be good thing. It would be great if it could be done a large scale in our very dry overgrown dense forests.

    Bill-- This was a small fire, but in a really bad spot. We were lucky that it was controlled in a pretty short time. We're hoping for more rain, but I think we're going come up short again this season. We just ended the 2014 rain year at 52% of average. Had we not had the 3 inches at the end of september, that number would have been even worse.

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  6. Burns leave such ugly scars but it is amazing how quickly the earth recovers. If only the trees could also recover. Control burns can be a good thing especially as things are so dry there.

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  7. Glad the fire is out. We have occasional marsh fires in eastern NC. Not too much of a unless the peat starts to smoulder. Then it can go on for years.

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  8. Arkansas Patti-- It will be interesting to watch this little patch of earth recover. It was a three-acre fire, so there will be plenty to see as things come back. Roger told me that there was a time that the Forest Service did control burns about 40 years ago, but I guess that's not the path we take anymore, and there's probably not enough funds for the amount of work that needs to be done.

    NCmountainwoman-- Hard to imagine a fire going on for years, yet I think I remember hearing something like that a long time ago. I would love to see the marshes there. Must be so beautiful.

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  9. Big fires start out as small fires. I'm glad they kept this one from growing. Scary times...

    Doesn't it seem like we're in perpetual fire season here in California?

    If you don't consider last February, when we had 1.51 inches, we've had less than an inch in the rest of 2014. Everything is so darn dry...

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  10. Pat-- California's drought has really changed the landscape. We were so happy to get those three inches of rain at the end of September. I have no idea when the next rains will be. I hear that the central and north coasts are not going to get much this winter. Sigh.

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