Sunday, July 8, 2012

Bull of the Woods Wilderness - Fire Damage

Although our past 2 Portland-area summers have been unusually cool and damp, both years have boasted extensive fires in our beloved Bull of the Woods Wilderness.  
Please see the map below for areas to avoid in Bull of the Woods; post-fire areas can be very dangerous until the damage has been evaluated and the trails and camps repaired.  Don't take a chance!  A falling burned snag (dead standing tree) can injure or kill you.

courtesy of US Forest Service, Mt. Hood National Forest
(Map current as of July 2012)

 Fire is part of the natural order here in the American West.  In fact, some tree species won't even spit out their seeds until a fire bakes the cones.  Big thick barked Douglas Firs can withstand all but the most brutal blazes, thriving in the rich soils provided by a post-fire ecology.  

Mt. Hood nearly obscured by smoke in 2011

All NW forests will have their days of rich green glory, and all NW forests will have their day in the bright orange blaze.

But just how much is left to burn?  Is an un-managed forest even possible in this era?  We live in strange times indeed, where even the sanctity of the forest isn't guaranteed.  Perhaps it never was.

Bull of the Woods bracketed by clearcuts (courtesy of Google Maps)

Like your driver's licence, wilderness is a privilege, not a right.  It is up to us to take better care of our forests, lest they be gone forever.  It is up to us, working with the grace of a higher power. 



  1. This is a very informative. Thanks for sharing this to your readers. I'm pretty sure they will be more informed.

    Disaster Response Services Cleveland

  2. Hey! This is a good read. I will be looking forward to visit your page again and for your other posts as well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about fire damage in your area. I am glad to stop by your site and know more about fire damage. Keep it up!
    Fire can be extinguished by removing any one of the elements of the fire tetrahedron. Consider a natural gas flame, such as from a stovetop burner.
    Save precious time and money with a call to PuroClean anytime of day or night, weekday or weekend. With our 24-hour emergency response services, we can immediately wrok to reverse fire and smoke damage to your home.

    fire damage beverly ma

  3. M.A. Restoration Inc. provides complete 24/7 fire damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties in the greater Worcester and Middlesex County Areas.

  4. Thanks for sharing this information. Keep Posting. Don't let fire damage take over your life. Call for our professional services of fire damage restoration in Rockford IL.