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Schultz Fire: 4 Years Post Burn, AZ
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Schultz Fire: 4 Years Post Burn, AZ 
Schultz Fire: 4 Years Post Burn, AZ
 
Scenic Drive avatar Oct 05 2014
Jim_H
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On my way back from Tuba City to Flagstaff, I stopped over and drove FR 420 from Sunset Crater to Schultz Pass and then took FR 556 to the east side of Flag. I wanted to see how thing were doing in the now 4 year past, Schultz Fire. Lots of dead trees, but also a lot of grass that was here before the fire, and lots of weedy vegetation and it looked like a lot of wildflowers in season.

The FS has cleared a 50+ foot wide area along both sides of the road and in that area, they planted pine seedlings in plastic tubes. Many are doing well, and have grown out of the tube. These tubes need to be removed, otherwise they will choke the trees, and the time to do that is now for many of them. I took several off, but there are thousands out there. So, if animals don't eat the buds on the young pines that are now 1 to 3 feet tall (the tubes are about 2 feet high) in 4 more years there may be a lot of young, 6 to 8 foot tall pines along the road.

Beyond that "beauty strip", it is mostly snags and herbaceous vegetation. It is hard to tell from FR 420, but there looks to be a lot of grass, probably from seeding, on the lower slopes of the east side of the Peaks, along the Water Line Rd, and above that and down in the gullies, there is what appears to be abundant aspen regeneration. It could be that thorny currant bush, too, but I hope for aspen. If the conifers are now excluded, the east side might as well be next to pure aspen and hopefully fescue. In 4 more years, that area may look like the east and north slopes of Kendrick at about the time of the fire here, with tall dense aspen.
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