I found this in the past section of our HAZ Forum advertisement at the bottom of the main page. I like the pics and video, Rob. Its been 3 years now and we've had 4 growing seasons, have you been up there to see what it looks like? From the video, most of the areas is benefiting from the fire. Still, I saw a few large old trees in the stands that have smaller trees around them in a fashion which would not have occurred 100 years ago before grazing and fire exclusion. Oh well.
I voted other, since I love fire, want it in the fire dependent ecosystems, and really want to see it reestablished in Ponderosa Pine and mixed conifer forests (Ponderosa Pine, Douglas-Fir, White Fir, White Pine, Aspen and understory herbaceous plants which are pretty sparse in today's mixed conifer stands). I was on Fremont Peak yesterday. While descending I noticed that there were a good number of Bristlecone Pines that had multiple fire scars on their upslope stem faces. The area is very grassy, and while today the idea is unthinkable to most people, this area at 11,000 feet + in elevation once burned at a frequency that probably kept it open and park like. Today it is still pretty nice, but it is interesting to note that there are a lot of spruce growing out into the Bristlecone Pine areas, and in time it will no longer be as it is today or once was. Most people would not like it, but I would love to see a fire on the south face of the Peaks. It seems that it was always the driest and sunniest aspect of the Peaks, and 150 years ago it must have presented a completely different view to the area which is now Flagstaff. There has been change all over the Peaks, but with Spruce-fir extending pretty low on all the other aspects of the Peaks, it seems that the south face has been most affected.
The other problem with just letting fire run, is that it can turn into a warm fire, or be a Brinns fire, and completely change the forest. There's another topic on that, so I won't say much more. Still, the Kaibab has been hosting the Cross Fire SE of Williams since July 1st. It burned close to 8,000 acres of the 15,000 acres allotted to it before it was put out or slowed to nearly being out by heavy rain this week. I would like to get out there to see how it did, and I have enjoyed most of the other pics people have posted of this years managed fires. With the right conditions this year, fire has been really beneficial to the forest and will make things look really good later this summer and next year when the herbaceous plants get a chance to respond. Hopefully there can be some re-burn in 5 years, that would really improve things.
I think Monsoon season will begin around June 20, plus or minus 5 days, not by the calendar according to the NWS, but when dew points rise dramatically, and it begins to rain over the Sacramento Mountains. It will start about 10 days later in Arizona.