Homer's Travels: Zaca Fire

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Zaca Fire

The Zaca fire north of Santa Barbara has been burning since July 4th. It has now burned over 188,000 acres and is 75% contained. Several of the trailheads for hikes I have done in the area are closed. Paradise Road is closed to non-residents. Part of highway 33 is closed which may prevent me from going to the Chief Peak trailhead on 7 September. The Matilija Falls trail which I am scheduled to do on 20 October is also closed. They are predicting to have it 100% contained on 7 September - more then two months of destruction. I hope they get this thing under control. So much beauty being erased - all because of some careless ranch hands using a grinder on a pipe.

1 comment:

  1. Don't think of it as beauty being erased as much as a new canvas to work on. Certain plants, such as ceanothus (California lilac) will propagate only when seeds are exposed to intense heat.

    Fire also reduces water-thirsty grasses and shrubs, allowing trees and bushes to get more water. Smoke from fires reduces arboreal pests, fungi and diseases.

    It's a little bit of a drag when a huge chunk of wilderness is closed down for a year, but in the grand scheme of things it's all good.