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Fri Aug 21, 2020, 03:25 PM

Fire wipes out Big Basin State Park's historic buildings.

This link goes to the story in SFGate. On my cell, so I hope it works.

https://apple.news/AZdvUTSs2Qg-YWnNUQGwu6g

Edit: not sure of the status of the redwood groves. Edited thread title to be more specific.

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Reply Fire wipes out Big Basin State Park's historic buildings. (Original post)
Adsos Letter Aug 2020 OP
CentralMass Aug 2020 #1
Delmette2.0 Aug 2020 #2
still_one Aug 2020 #3
ladym55 Aug 2020 #8
still_one Aug 2020 #9
dutch777 Aug 2020 #4
Zambero Aug 2020 #5
NBachers Aug 2020 #6
pansypoo53219 Aug 2020 #7

Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 03:32 PM

1. :-(

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 03:35 PM

2. Oh, that is so sad. I hope the youmg redwoods are safe.

I went through Yellowstone a few years after that horrible summer of fire in 1988. It was regenerating, that is nature's way. But, if there are repeated fires it may not recover for a long time.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 04:04 PM

3. It is bad. Today they are evacuating the UC Santa Cruz campus

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Response to still_one (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 06:57 PM

8. Oh, no.

The news is just so awful on the fires, and this happens every year--earlier and earlier.

Gee, do you think we might have addressed climate change at some point??? Just askin.

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Response to ladym55 (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 07:13 PM

9. That is part of what this election is about

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 04:14 PM

4. Sad but the buildings should be well documented and can be accurately rebuilt

And the redwood trees are amazingly resilient to fire. As long as everyone is okay, it will probably all be okay with some effort and expense later.

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Response to dutch777 (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 05:05 PM

5. Coast redwoods are fire-adapted

Larger trees tend to be more resistant to fire due to the species' thick self-insulating fibrous bark. Trees that succumb to high-intensity crown fires self-regenerate by way of stump sprouts. Survivors of intense fires pick up the slack with extra crown expansion and diameter growth over time. A remarkable species in many ways, beyond the staggering size of the older individuals.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 05:26 PM

6. My god- I go to all those places, and have many cherished memories.

There are plenty of images of centuries of forest fires amongst the old redwoods, but I know I'll be heartbroken at the sense of loss the next time I go down there.

Fire is actually part of the life cycle of these trees- Sequoias are resistant to fire; the seeds need the heat to pop open; the fire clears the ground and the ash restores nutrients for young seedlings to grow. It seems counter-intuitive, but it's been part of their survival and proliferation over the thousands of years they've been alive.

https://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/why-the-giant-sequoia-needs-fire-to-grow

https://www.savetheredwoods.org/grant/redwoods-regrow-after-fires/









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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 06:04 PM

7. PBS had a doc about a australian forest's rebirth after the big summer fire a few years ago.

i so hope to see one on this ones rebirth. it will be green again. sad old buildings were lost. hope like europe they rebuild exactly like what was lost + not something new.

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