Posted by MMMMarcia on November 06, 2000 at 21:33:08:
In Reply to: Fire In the Gorge ... posted by Elaine on November 06, 2000 at 20:01:32:
: They say it ain't pretty -
: Though Saturday's rain offered relief & the smoke has eased up, the fires still burn.
: Reports thus far put the fire's reaches at 10,000 acres. Included in the most severe 'hot spots' are the Chimneys. Recovery??? Not likely for years ... an extensive region within the gorge will never be the same to our eyes.
: Talk about seeking new vistas ...
The hardest thing for me to remember when watching news on forest fires anywhere is that fire is part of nature's plan (even though many are started by Man), and nature can generally recover from these disasters faster than we ever imagine. Yes, it takes a few years, but sometimes, the area benefits from these burns over the longer haul. Of course, it's always better when it's a controlled burn rather than a raging wildfire, but this blaze is surely not the first the gorge has seen, and won't be the last.
Having said THAT, it STILL makes me ill to think of our lovely chimneys being scourged black by the flame, and the surrounding woods & animals that will be lost at least for a time. Two years ago, when Florida was burning, we lost *500,000* acres! I know how awful it is, and how frightening when it swoops into populated areas. And while I understand the process of new growth that follows fire, I still hate to see it happen. I hope the rains come quickly, and the whole thing is over soon.
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