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#12 Forest Fire observation

Will Hatcher: Ö as soon as we get to the highway, we went through forest and replacement fires that occurred over about the last 25 years. There are 2 switchback fires. This right here in front of you off the road and all behind you here, you can see the little plantations, is the Cherry Creek Fire, which occurred back in either the late Ď70s or 1980. Upon Saddle Mountain, that is ? Fire, about a 4000-acre fire. That was in í87, and then over here to the north, if you look clear in the back, youíll see all that open hillside there; that is the Lone Pine Fire of 1992, and that consumed about 30,000 acres, and it still extends clear over to here too. It ran for about 15 miles long and about 6 or 7 miles wide. It just ripped for probably about 5 or 6 days.

Man: Has that been replanted?

Will: Thatís been all replanted.

Man: With what?

Will: With primarily ponderosa pine and some sugar pine, but itís been planted to densities that itís going to burn up again until they thin it.

Woman: They went in and logged it before they replanted it too.

Will: The brush has come back so dense now that itís, itís at risk again to burn again already.

Gerta Hyde: How do you feel about the timber that they didnít take?

Will: How do I feel about what they didnít take?

Gerta Hyde: Yeah, I mean isnít that a big waste?

Will: No, cuz there are other benefits that a dead tree has, particularly to some wildlife species. All the dead trees donít necessarily have to go to a mill and be turned into logs.

Gerta Hyde: It seems like Ö are so many.

Will: Yeah, there are a lot, but they were left to meet other resource concerns.

Deb Crisp: And sometimes, they donít take them for safety reason; they are dangerous trees.

Will: No. Thatís all I wanted to point out here. That is what we want to avoid, and our forest is set up to have that kept repeating year after year, those types of fires.

Commissioner West: Well, and then you seeÖ Is that only looking at the Skunk part, the new part?

Will: Yeah, that is the Skunk Fire right there.

West: Yeah, that is the Skunk Fire right there, the new stuff.

Will: Thatís right, I forgot about that one.

Man: Where itís darker underneath the green.

Man: Yeah, where itís real dark.

West: Just above the dark green.

Will: In fact, theyíre harvesting that right now. It should be almost done, the salvage on that.

Crisp: Ögot that set up with the big guy upstairs for no lightening strikes until you canÖ

Will: No, I canít say that.

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