joe bartels wrote:
...Another forest I put off visiting being wiped out
Don't be so sure of that. Looking at the satellite images of the fire area, it looks like a lot of the burn unit just southwest of the FR 231- 231A road, which was used as the northeast line for the fire, the forest appears fairly open and looks like it may have been larger old trees with an open canopy. There may be some crown scorch and tree torching, but I wouldn't expect it to be a burned out dog hair thicket. Had it not been for the human caused start and the rapid growth, they may have let this burn as they did so many other fires this summer. Though, fire danger levels have increased rapidly as of late with the almost complete absence of monsoon moisture. The area of this fire might be worth checking out when they reopen roads in a week or so.
Had this been a lighting fire that started a month ago when conditions were more conducive to "managed fire for resource benefit", I wonder what the fire boundaries would have been. There is a good chance the fire might have been allowed to burn in its current areas, but it would have done so at a slower pace. My guess is that it would have been allowed to burn parallel to the Rim and east towards East Pocket and kept south of the 231-231A road to keep it out of the West Fork, but that is just a guess. BTW, I was in California camped in the Sierra when this got going, just to let you know.
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.