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A Real Nice View Now that a Year is allmost past!
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Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-18-2002 at 15:28:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is what I used to drive through on the way home. Now I come in the other way so I don't have to look at this anymore. This is the other side of the hill behind our place. The trees were 60-80 ft tall and it was realy pretty on both sides of the road. This is what is left after the loggers took out the big burned ones. It got so hot the the ground was sterilized. I guess I was lucky my place could have looked like this dose and this was taken today allmost a year later! This is why I get nervous this time of the year!!Mark H.

Tom in CO    Posted 06-19-2002 at 07:22:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mark I can see why you get nervous this time of year, right now there is severl fires burning out of control here in Colorado. None are burning near me, but there it is a smoky haze along the front range. I've seen in your pictures that you keep your trees trimmed and no brush laying around, if ther were only more people like you.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-19-2002 at 07:28:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Fire Marshal took pictures of the place after the fire for training reasons. They wanted to show what a defendable place would look like after a big fire went over it. I feel for you guys with your fire. We sent a lot of our fire fighters to give you a hand with it. Hope they get it out soon. Mark H.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 06-18-2002 at 19:39:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't blame you for driving in from the other direction. That's depressing! It pains me every year to see the fires on TV. One would think there'd be no trees left by now, out west.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-18-2002 at 20:47:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some people think I go over board on fire protection but if they could see this they would know why. Mark H.

Sned    Posted 06-18-2002 at 19:15:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow Mark, there isn't ANY foliage anywhere! I suppose this is what farm land looked like back during the depression (dust bowl). Is there any Goverment agencies that will reseed land like this? If there isn't then there needs to be, the top soil will be (if it isn't already) down in the low land.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-18-2002 at 20:51:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
We are lucky this side of the mountain dose not get that much rain. The DRN will not re-seed but they will sell it to you and the owner can re-seed if they want. I have spread over 100lbs on my place after the fire. I did not want it to look like this! Mark H.

DeadCarp    Posted 06-18-2002 at 19:12:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow that's downrite desolate, mark. There's a Bald Mountain in California, so called cuz it never grows trees on top. I guess an airplane crashed there years ago and the resulting fire got pretty hot too. One would think Forestry would wanna plant something to control erosion at least.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-18-2002 at 20:56:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
It got so hot in some areas that the rocks melted. The weeds will grow again and the loggers are supposed to re-plant the area when they are done. A big fire went thru here 30 plus years ago I have some real big trees on my place with charing from it still on the bark. This is why I allways trim the branches up 8ft + and clean up the neadels around the trees near the house. I also keep the grass down along with the brush. It paid off when there was a fire ball over the house for around 30 mins showering the place with sparks and hot embers. Mark H.

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