SNOWFLAKE WASH TRAILS AND PATHWAYS

A HISTORY IN PICTURES


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2005: Fire Control


In mid-March, I noticed smoke rising from the green belt. I rushed to the spot, only to find a couple of dozen firemen there lighting fires. Not what I was expecting to see. They explained they were contracted to clear the area to slow down the spread of potential wildfires, and therefore make it easier to control and/or extinguish them. The following photographs were taken on March 16th & 17th, 2005.




(115) ^ ^ ^ ^ An official prescribed burn.




(116) ^ ^ ^ ^ The lower branches of trees were trimmed and gathered up, especially any dead branches.




(117) ^ ^ ^ ^ Potential fuel on the ground was gathered into piles a burned.




(118) ^ ^ ^ ^ This is a pile of debris the neighbors had made from trimming their lots. The firemen agreed to include it in their burn program.




(119) ^ ^ ^ ^ I stoked the burning pile regularly to reduce everything to ashes as quickly as possible.




(120) ^ ^ ^ ^ After the fire crew had left for the day, I kept a watchful eye on things.




(121) ^ ^ ^ ^ The pile in the background smoldered for many days.




(122) ^ ^ ^ ^ This burn almost complete and the burn pile starting to cool.




(123) ^ ^ ^ ^ Dead and decaying roots made this pile burn considerably longer than the others.




(124) ^ ^ ^ ^ The pile in the background smoldered underground for about a week. It was eventually extinguished.




(125) ^ ^ ^ ^ This is the desired result.




(126) ^ ^ ^ ^ After the ashes cool, the area becomes safe.




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