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Posted - 09/10/2007 :  5:21:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmmm I didnt even know this was happening. It seems lightning sparked a wildfire last week off of Richard Russell Scenic Hwy. on the White County side. 125 acres have been consumed and 375 are expected before this fire can be contained. More info here....

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Posted - 09/10/2007 :  11:43:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for news. The grass is pretty dry!

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Posted - 09/11/2007 :  09:16:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did not know that either, are any roads closed?

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Posted - 09/12/2007 :  4:29:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A friend of mine today said that the fire was 95% contained. They had to stretch it out to over 500 acres to get it all contained. He said that the fire from the lightnining strike must have stayed burning in one spot for a few days until it started spreading & getting noticed.
Glad it wasn't worse than it could have been.
The guys & gals down there at Raven Cliffs were all super nice and told us not to worry about the fire, but to watch out for the yellow jackets! (They are bad right now!)

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Posted - 09/12/2007 :  5:43:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
An occasional fire is supposed to be very healthy for woodland.

Looking on the bright side.


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Posted - 09/13/2007 :  3:44:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Years ago the folks in the mountains burned them off about every year, that way the undergrowth and dead material didn't build up. The build up is a good part of what causes the fires of today to be so bad.

The farmers of years ago would let their cattle graze in the woods and by burning the undergrowth it would cause new tender grass and other plants to grow. That's why that a burnt over area is so good for the deer and such.

As long as a fire can be kept on the ground cover it is good for the forest, when it gets too hot and tops out in the trees is when it destroys the timber. Man has encroached into the forest with their houses and that is one reason the fires can't be left to burn.

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