Friday, February 03, 2012

After a Wildfire

Gulf State Park along the Alabama Gulf Coast is an important resource. Last June a wildfire started from a stray grill ember blowing into the woods burned between 1100 and 1600 acres.

Part of Twin Bridges Trail at edge of burned area.

WKRG News Report

One of the fun parts of the park is the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. We recently had the chance to walk along some of the trail that was on the edge of the wildfire. It actually appears to be the place where the fire was finally stopped.

On the right- the burned area.
On the left- untouched.

What appears to be part of the area cleared to stop the fire.

But the signs of life renewing itself in this environment are everywhere. In reality, fire is essential to the ongoing health of this type of ecosystem. It should be interesting to go back next year and see how things continue to improve.

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