Donnell Fire Damage

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Donnell Fire Damage

Post by balzaccom » Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:44 pm

We're just back from a short trip into Saddlebag Lake, and we'll post a trip report on that soon. But in the meantime, we drove back to our cabin via Sonora Pass and Highway 108. It's really sad. They wouldn't allow us to stop along the way to take photos, but the section of 108 by the Dardanelles resort is total gone. The resort is gone, and the whole southern side of the highway up along Eagle Creek is a wall of blackened sticks.



Further down, the Clark Fork Canyon is a single chimney of charcoal. This is home turf to us. We took one of our first backpacking trips up Clark Fork, and have hiked every trail along this road, from the short hop over to Sword and Lost Lakes, Arnott Creek, Disaster Creek, Boulder Lake, and even up through Paradise Valley to the PCT and beyond. All of that is burned to a crisp, and from the highway you can see the Iceberg of the Caron-Iceberg Wilderness through one long tunnel of blackened landscape. This fire closed the PCT for quite a while.



It is very sad indeed, and it will take years and years to recover.


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Re: Donnell Fire Damage

Post by rightstar76 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:11 am

Paul, it really is sad that all of our beautiful forests are burning. Like the one between the North Fork of the San Joaquin River and Red's Meadow. And all the other places that have burned this season. I was reading several PCT blogs and there are so many pictures of burned forests all the way to Canada. The era of green and lush forests is over. BTW, I read your trip report and was glad to hear you and your wife had a good time. That sunset picture you took was really nice.

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Re: Donnell Fire Damage

Post by balzaccom » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:39 am

Thanks, Rightstar!
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