When Fire is Good

The Slope Fire is currently burning in the high country of Yosemite National Park, north of Yosemite Valley and west of Tuolumne Meadows. The lightning caused blaze was discovered after a series of lightning storms lit up the area on or around July 25. The fire has burned 600 acres and is being “managed” National Park Service fire managers. The August 6 bulletin reads as follows:

The park experienced thunderstorms in July, which resulted in lightning-caused fires, that are being managed for multiple objectives. This means fire managers and firefighters may use less aggressive or minimal actions where the fire is accomplishing benefits on the land. The fire may burn the understory of trees, for example, ridding the area of accumulations of dead and down vegetation and accumulations of needle and leaf litter.

Helping nature do her job, very noble.

For more information on the National Park Service fire management program visit their website here.

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