Certain of the native plant seeds do not even properly germinate until heated to so-many degrees. The plants themselves are resinous and burn readily, when the hot desert wind blows. This I knew, early on. The standing old-growth forests, and even the newer pine-woods in other parts of California and the west — they are governed, bound, ruthlessly maintained by cycles of naturally-occurring fire and renewal. Fire thins the new seedlings, eliminates disease-weakened trees, clears away the mast and muddle — the broom that ruthlessly sweeps away, and renews. This my father taught us. A lesson which certain environmental groups seem to refuse, with the energy of a small child refusing a spoonful of delicious creamed spinach. No! Don’t cut down those pine-bark-infested pine trees! No, don’t clear-cut that brush! It’s icky interference with nature! And don’t do controlled burns, which endanger the spotted lizard-owl something! So the burnable load increases, increases and increases again, and when it finally all goes up, it burns so hot that the earth turns clean and barren, like a kiln transforming clay into pottery. Nature deferred will extract her penalty.
Last weekend, the Carr Fire in northern California was about 5 percent contained. Progress is being made:
#CarrFire [update] northwest of Anderson (Shasta County) is now 133,924 acres and 39% contained. Evacuations and road closures in place. Unified Command: CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit, Redding City Fire and Whiskeytown National Park. https://t.co/QmhauhZj9m pic.twitter.com/oLVVl0BT26
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 4, 2018
Over 200 square miles — so far.