The Yosemite Conservancy has released an excellent 10-minute video that tells about the fire that devastated the nearby National Forest and the area northwest of Hetch Hetchy. Rangers discuss the impact and the usefulness of prescribed burns.
The film is done in HD with a stereo soundtrack. Many shots were from a stationary tripod so they are crisp. The red flames and white billowing smoke clouds really hit home.
Forward this to your friends. Let’s hope this was a “100-year” fire. It was called the RIM fire because it was near the vista point called “The Rim of the World” on Highway 120 east of Buck Meadows.
Restoration is ongoing, but the winter rains have no vegetation to stop the runoff and many areas are being impacted.
The “illegal” camper who set the fire still has not been brought to justice. What’s with that? The point of a permit is to prevent things like this. The fact that he did not run and hide, but did attempt to get help should not mitigate the act.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We were at the best place around, but some stupid with a flare gun burned the place to the ground. Smoke on the water, fire in the sky” – Deep Purple
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com