Posted by Susan on November 09, 2000 at 17:08:53:
I am also hoping that the fire in the Chimneys did not totally wipe out the movie site --- but you have to realize that many of the table pines ---specifically the ones that you see behind Chingachgook, Hawkeye, and Cora --- were not the ones in the movie. Those pines perished in the drought conditions in 1992. The pines we saw this past year were the ones that grew from seeds of the dead ones. Yet you couldn't tell, could you? So even if there is extensive damage, perhaps some of the flora of the ridges will come back in our lifetimes. They don't look exactly the same, but even the fort'sbattleground site is beginning to blend in with the other trees now. (Although yes; it was planted) The forest is another matter altogether. I keep hearing that it was brush that burned, but there were certainly burnt wood chips in the ashes blowing around here.
Smoke was clearly visible at the foot of Shortoff Mountain, the whale-shaped mountain in the canoe escape scene. There has not been any report of the fires extending as far as Lake James, though.
We hope that the rain has done its work. Of course everyone is heartsick that someone's carelessly tossed cigarette or unextinguished campfire could have cost us so dearly.
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