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James Markus wrote:
What a sad sight. Green is such a rare thing in Arizona - I hope it re-grows quickly.
Yes, it is a sad situation. The forest type, with Ponderosa pine, the dominate species, is naturally fire tolerant. But, in the last 60 years or so, natural fires (lightning started) have been surpressed when ever possible. This has allowed the younger trees to grow tall enough that now fires "crown" and reach the mature trees. This means the fires are monsters travelling at unstoppable speed.
The previous natural fires would only travel along the ground, thinning out the smaller trees and dead wood and brush. It has become clear, in the last few years that previous fire control management has caused the current problems. It will take upwards of a 100 years or so to get back to where these forest to a less destructive situation. At least now. management in these forests will be better.
PS, Arizona has a lot of green at the higher elevations, when it isn't burned