Dog Head Forest Fire Conclusion

As folks that were burned out of their homes are assessing damage and rebuilding, they are not comforted by the knowledge that the fire was started by the US Forest Service while taking actions to “prevent” a forest fire.  Carelessness on the part of a contracted vendor’s crew using a “masticator” to clean up the forest generated the spark that started the fire.

18,000 acres were burned in an intense fire that will not recover for generations, so that even if (when) their homes are rebuilt with tax dollars it will be among charred ruins instead of pinyon-juniper forest.

Some of my trees are hundreds of years old and I am grateful I did not lose all of them to carelessness.


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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2 Responses to Dog Head Forest Fire Conclusion

  1. tarnegolita says:

    Oh my god… That is awful. I’m so glad to hear the fire didn’t get to you though. What a tragedy 😦

  2. tarnegolita,
    It is a tragedy and more so because it was unnecessary. It also smacks of deception because there was no mention of the cause at the time. My son in Washington sent me a link to an article about it. He continued to track after I had let it go. It upsets me in part because it puts huge damage on my wildlife corridor that supports bear, mountain lion, bobcat, wolves, mule deer, all our large game animals. Always the first to be killed out from human population pressure. Coyote fares better living with humans. I am heartbroken and grateful at the same time. The top reason I bought this place was the wildlife corridor.

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