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Photos from: A New Normal on the Landscape

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

A view towards Crescent Mountain from the road to Morrell Falls (FR 4353). Fire funneled through the Morrell Creek drainage and burned very hot. A majority of the tree crowns were consumed or scorched. While most of the surface fuels consumed, new grass and willow sprouts were already visible in areas with water. Plants capitalize on the nutrients released following a fire. Also because understory vegetation and trees are killed by the fire, more water is available to the system and to the plants that survived.

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