The Duckett Fire — Finally Declared “Out”

After four months, the USFS has declared the Duckett Fire southwest of us near Hillside CO as extinguished. The active fire was out in early August but the Forest Service is conservative about saying it was over because

Though there has been no indication that the fire continued to smolder, roots can keep burning for extended periods, Hurley said. Local forestry technicians Jeff Outhier and Darrell Bressan have been keeping an eye on the area. Infrared aircraft checks have shown no indication of hot spots. It was noted that even the Sand Gulch fire near Wetmore popped back up again after a couple months but was quickly extinguished.

It burned 4690 acres. I have several LJ entries about the fire.

This map doesn’t include all the acreage but this was the best I found.

But the forest is already recovering in spite of the dry summer.

Those little trees are aspens coming up from the roots of burned adults. Oaks will also slowly come back and the forest will begin to rejuvenate itself.

Fall is Here

On our way to Salida today, I could see the aspens had turned in the mountains. We don’t notice them from below except when they put on their colors (mostly yellows).

This was taken in Coaldale, CO looking to the south west into the northernmost Sangres. The altitudes for the color is about 10,000′ up. It is hard to tell in the small picture (click the picture for a large one) but the color is along the flanks of the middle mountains which are Sangre “foothills”.