The following comments and concerns were sent to me from Jerry Bloom, a
participant in our field trip to the American Fire, June 19, 2014:
"I went on the SNAMP tour of the Last Chance area. It was interesting but I
was pretty disturbed by the lack of follow up on what actually happens when the
fire runs through the study area. I know that the fire came through before
anyone expected that it would but still it would have been nice to have had
funds available in advance to monitor the fire behavior and the suppression
activity. A good example is that there was much backfiring in the area - I would
bet that much of the study area was actually backfired rather than burned by the
wildfire. However, the FS has no idea as to where the backfire met the wildfire
- not because they could not have made the determination - they just didn't
bother to do the monitoring that would have been required.
The roadside hazard sale is really aggressive. They are taking many large old
green trees that they claim are dead (they just don't know it). Where have we
heard that before?
They did take us to an area where there was a large area of dead fir that they
said were not killed by crown fire. The trees were green after the fire was
extinguished but have subsequently died. Interestingly this was an area where
they had cable logged and thus the slash had been left on the ground. They had
hoped for a couple of years of snow to crush the slash down. In an adjacent
area that hadn't been logged, the ground fire did not kill the trees. They
thought that both these areas were from the wildfire, but I am suspicious.
After returning home and looking at the maps, I think that both those areas may
have been backfired. Again, with no monitoring, there is no way to know.
The SNAMP team is trying to get emergency funds to do some monitoring now but
the roadside salvage is occurring regardless and I fear a great opportunity has
Jerry Bloom, Science Director
Forest Issues Group
Nevada City, CA
Thank you Jerry. We will have someone respond to your comments and concerns as
soon as possible.
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