By Ted Grussing
The fire crews have done an incredible job and while I am normally no fan of prescribed burns the decision to manage this fire really looks like a great decision. A large percentage of the trees in West Fork appear to be in very good condition and only a few cliff faces have been charred leaving no vegetation on them. On the top, the ignited perimeter fires stopped the advance of fires that came over the top and the areas on top that are burned appear to be pretty small over all.
I’m attaching two photos that I shot early this morning of the area.
The first photo titled West Fork was shot from about ten thousand feet msl over the SW end of Long Canyon looking towards the North. Boynton Canyon is just out of sight lower left and Long Canyon extends to the NE to the right of the photo and ends at the mountain ridges; just over the ridges is Oak Creek Canyon, engulfed in smoke. Oak Creek Canyon extends northward on the right side and is marked by the smoke filling the canyon. The smoke line that cuts to the left side of the image is West Fork and the many little canyons and sub canyons of West Fork can be seen as smoke rises above the very deep canyon walls. On the horizon from the left to the right is Sitgreaves Mountain, Kendrick Peak, The San Francisco Peaks and Mt. Elden.
The second photo titled West Fork 1 was shot from the left side of the smoke in the first photo and is looking generally to the NE. This shot was taken from about twelve thousand feet directly over the TFR area. It shows the beauty of West Fork and the mystical beauty enhanced by the residual smoke in the canyons that will be smoldering for some time. Although there are quite a few trees that were damaged the vast majority seem to be in pretty good shape … when you consider what it looked like last week when it was burning so intensely it seems a miracle that it came out so good.
As always you are free to share these photos with family and friends, post them on Facebook or wherever; just make sure that you give me photo credit for the images. No commercial use unless prior written authorization is requested.
So it was in the air before 7AM and down about 9 AM, home and then back to church, some quiet time at the Columbarium and then home … more painting on the house, moving furniture and stuff getting the new office ready … it is functional now and I like the feeling with all my non flying passions in one room, presided over by One, supreme ruler of 40 Vaquero Circle. A movie, hot dogs and a salad for dinner and then review of the days photos. Monday will be pretty much a repeat with a hope to be in the air by 6AM. Time to shut the day down.
Have a terrific day … smile and share your joy.
At nightfall…though I know I shall sometime no more
Open my eyes to the light or day, I am one who looks at stars when
Unchained from the work-bench at Nightfall.
They are a sign that I am not ephemeral,
Not you, nor you, whoever you are.
The dawn comes and the dark and the sign sparkling in the brooding night,
Forever and forever.
— Max Ehrmann
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