About Sedona fires

Discussion in 'The Caboose' started by ezdays, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    It seems like every year we have a thread on the Arizona wildfires. This year was no different. One of the most devistating fires this year was in Sedona, a place of unparalled beauty. We visit there often and plan on going up there in the next few days to see just what damage had been done. In the meantime, some of you know that I write a monthly column for a newspaper in Cincinnati. I've got no ties to Cincinnati other than the newspaper I write for is owned by a friend of mine that I met of all places, on a Publishing forum here on the Net.[​IMG]

    Anyway, here's my most recent article that was published last week. Maybe it will give you all an insight as to why I feel so strongly about the area.

    Now you know why I picked the project I did for my scratchbuilt challenge.
  2. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    I used to play in the creek and slide down slide rock when I was a kid way back before there was any parking except up and down the road on either side wherever there was room (and for some, where there wasn't quite enough room). Then they built that big parking lot just south of Slide Rock and started charging "admission". I have not been back since - through many times but not back to play. I now have a travel trailer and a family of my own and our newest favorite spot is Kaibab Lake up by Williams. While not nearly as beautiful as Sedona used to be, it still shares a lot of the same characteristics. All the same, I fear the day when a wildfire may ravage this area as well.
  3. FallBuck&Scaler

    FallBuck&Scaler New Member

    Wildfire is a fact of nature, in most of the Western USA... having said that, human caused wildfires are heinous, particularly when injuries or damage to property occurs.

    I used to fight forest fires, as part of my job with the USFS... the worst was arson fires, set by 'firefighters' who wanted to get hired on, so they could make money. Ask any wildland firefighter.. they'll all tell you that such arson should be punished by the same prison terms as arson on a structure.. up to 20 years.

    Yellowstone National Park looked pretty ugly for a couple years, after the huge fires of 1988. But, almost 20 years later, the growth that is replacing those stands of trees lost back then, are nearly 25 foot tall, and even taller, in places. Those forests evolved to live with, and take advantage of, natural forest fires.... which usually only occur in a devastating manner about every 100-500 years, depending on the location. Most natural fires were historically very small, and very close to the ground, burning off evergreen needles, brush and fallen trees.
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Yeah Tom, I remember that too. You could park anywhere along the highway and maybe walk a half-mile or so, but it was free. You could also see the rock from the bridge. Now there's a new bridge and a parking lot and you can't even see the creek unless you pay the parking fee. They just reopened Slide Rock, and they were complaining because it cost them some $4000 a day while they were closed. No, "gee, we're glad to reopen because everyone can come back now and have fun", but, "gee, look at all the money we lost while we were closed because of the fire." wall1 wall1
  5. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    We took a drive up to Sedona today, mostly to see what damage the fires have done and as a side trip, get more proto pictures for my scratchbuild challenge. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    I've got to say, I'm feeling a lot better now that I've seen the work that these firefighters have done. As I mention in my article, they used highway 89A as a fire break along Oak Creek Canyon. I expected everything on the west side of the highway to be completely burned. In the town itself, it's hard to see specifically what burned, most of the fire hit canyons and hills facing away from town. Along 89A you could see burned trees and brush along the highway but most of the fire was contained at the canyon wall. We saw a little damage across the highway, but not much. The good news is that they stopped the fire at slide rock meaning that all the campgrounds and homes in the canyon were saved.

    All over town are banners and signs thanking the firefighters. The first shot of of a hotel along the canyon that was right in the fire's path. The next few were taken at a Dairy Queen along the highway where you can see that they stopped the fire just feet from the structure. The last one is looking south towards Sedona where you can see some fire damage on the right and none on the left.

    I would have gotten better shots, but they have barriers blocking all pull-outs to keep people from pulling off the highway. I wonder why???:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    All-in-all, we are pleased that the fire isn't more evident and we also want to thank the firefighters for that.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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  6. FallBuck&Scaler

    FallBuck&Scaler New Member

    Did they catch the arsonists? Hope they do, and throw the book at them!
  7. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Sorry to say that they did not. Like I said, if they do catch them, what could they possibly do that would make this right? If they throw them in jail, they'd probably improve their status in life. Right now they're scum, living in ditches and dumpster-diving for food. In jail they'd be well fed, have their health needs taken care of, get free clothes and laundry and even get job training with pay. :curse: :curse:

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