Tag Archives: Cove Fire

White Oak Survival

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Which of these Oregon white oaks (Quercus garryana) from the Cove Fire site do you think will survive? The Cove Fire consumed nearly 31,000 acres of the Modoc National Forest in July and August of 2017. Approximately six months after … Continue reading

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Ponderosa Wildfire Survival

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This week Leonard and I revisited the Cove Fire site that we are monitoring along Modoc National Forest Road 40N11. The Cove Fire in late July and early August of 2017 burned over 30,000 acres in Modoc County CA, including … Continue reading

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Ponderosa Pine Regeneration

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Ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa) are considered one of the most fire resistant conifers in the west because of their seedlings’ propensity to benefit from mineral soil seedbeds and open habitats created by wildfires. This fire resistance increases as the tree … Continue reading

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Fungi Return

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Several species of fungi (mushrooms) are adapted to grow in burned-out areas. Some mushrooms fruit only in burnt ground and others have a definite affinity for such habitats. Several species that prefer these scorched landscapes are even known by the … Continue reading

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Clouded Sulfur

Several butterflies were flying about the Cove Fire site (Modoc National Forest Road 40N11 near Adin CA) when Leonard and I visited it on 09-24-2017, about seven weeks after the fire was controlled. (see “Resilience” on 08-28-17) I was surprised … Continue reading

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Reaction to Stress

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Seven weeks (09-24-17) after the Cove Fire destroyed over 30,800 acres in Modoc County CA, Leonard and I were surprised to find fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) and spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium) blooming amid the ashes. At three weeks post fire (08-24-17 … Continue reading

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Recovering

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The Cove Fire burned nearly 31,000 acres not far from our house. This lightning-caused wildfire was finally contained on 8-16-17. Leonard and I are returning to an area on Modoc National Forest Road 40N11 each month to document the forest’s … Continue reading

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