The First Fire   Leave a comment

Boarder Debbie called us to say there was a fire in the river.  We looked out, and sure enough, there was smoke billowing to the south.  There were already sirens in the distance, so there was nothing we could do.  I went out to see how close it was.

From the house, it was hard to tell.


I walked down closer to the river’s edge.  Now it was apparent that it was behind the first row of trees, but in front of the second.  It might have been on the island.


The telephoto made this more apparent.


It didn’t take long for the fire department to get it knocked down.  The trouble is, of course, that this is only the first.  The river bottom is a tinderbox right now, with the river drying up and dead trees everywhere.  A lot died last year, despite the late rains.  We didn’t get any late storms this year.  I wrote almost this same entry this time last year, but that didn’t turn out to be a bad fire year.  We were lucky.

We have witnessed many fires over the years.  Some years the whole riverbed has burned out.  It always comes back, but it’s sure ugly in the meantime.  And so much habitat is lost.  It’s never been a problem to us, because the prevailing winds in the summer are from the northwest, and blow it away from us.

But we’re keeping our fingers crossed.




Posted April 27, 2013 by stablewoman in Events, Kern River

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