Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Three Fires And Counting

THIS IS A VERY DRY YEAR
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.. Just a note to let you know how dry it is. Al Nash, Yellowstone National Park spokesperson, is quoted in the Billings Gazette as saying:

.."Just the fact that we could have a fire in April is unusual . . ."



.. "Back in 1988," he said, "fire managers didn't understand the park's fire regime as well."



.. "The conditions were more dramatic than anyone had faced, there was no current knowledge on the part of the people fighting the fire," he said. "And we were overconfident."



.. "Although rain has greened the hillsides of the Gallatin National Forest, it has done little to relieve the parched condition of large fuels. The concern now is that the tall grasses nourished by spring rains will dry out and cure into tinder for summer fires."



"That's the real nightmare scenario," Nash said.

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Learn About Fire In Yellowstone:
-- Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center: Fire Ecology,
-- 1988 Fires of Yellowstone National Park,
-- Wildland Fires In Yellowstone.