[Cdt-l] Cdt-l Digest, Vol 56, Issue 28

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Wed May 30 18:44:37 CDT 2012

It Has jumped the Middle Fork and is sweeping east.  Snow lake has fire on
all sides.  The fire is now the largest in NM history at over 170,000 acres.




best wishes,


Jerry Brown

(970) 403-3527    Cell: (970) 749-0496

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From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of Brooks Wilson
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:55 AM
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Cdt-l Digest, Vol 56, Issue 28


I disagree with bretts analysis of the Gila fire. I was working there in
2003 for the dry lakes complex. It was one of the largest fires in state
history. If my memory is correct it was burning in a lot if these same
areas.  There was some flooding, but the plants came back. Here's an article
from high country news about fires in the Gila:

Fire use isn't a term you'll hear much anymore because people don't like it
when those burn out of control, but less aggressive fire suppression tactics
are beneficial. 

Also, the fire hasn't reached the middle fork and only the upper reaches of
the west fork and is still a ways from the dwellings. I don't think doc
Campbell or anyone needs to worry about being washed away. If you want to
keep track on the progress of the fire, check inciweb: 

And just like as in Yellowstone, it wasn't game over for the ecosystem. the
first bounced back quicker then anyone thought. 

Fire is not the end of an ecosystem, just a phase it goes through. 

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