California forests hard hit by drought and other factors

Sierra National Park mountain with bark-beetle infested trees

There is no doubt that the drought over the past several years has hit the Sierra Nevada forests hard. Any visitor to the Kings Canyon National Park will see signs of the devastation just about everywhere. On fly-overs, extensive stands of yellowish-brown trees dominate the landscape especially in the southern Sierra Nevada forests. Tourists are having to wait in car […]

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Tree Removal from Drought and Rough Fire Continues

Rough Fire licked the Sequoia Giant at its base

Precautionary measures for Grant Grove Giant Sequoias included fire hydrant and wrapping trees in flame retardant foil. There is no doubt that the drought from the past several years has hit the Sierra Nevada forests hard. Any visitor to the Kings Canyon National Park above the Central Valley foothills can see signs of the devastation just about everywhere. Rough “Zombie” […]

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Rough: the biggest Sierra Foothills fire in 2015

Dust, ash, and smoke linger in Valley

The Rough Fire is the biggest fire this summer in California. The fire, grown to over 140,000 acres, is less than 40 miles east of Fresno and runs north along highway 180 inside the Kings Canyon National Park. Reported size of the fire varies according to the amount of the burnt ground, but estimates range from 50,000 to 80,000 acres. […]

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