Plants that would have had a hard time surviving in the shade of the ponderosa pines have flourished in the now sunlit areas.
It must have been difficult to see so many majestic pines and aspens perish in such a short time span. 84,750 acres burned and 333 structures were lost.
Six years later there is evidence that rejuvenation is making progress and in allot of areas the change is incredible. In some areas it will take a lifetime to recover.
Beetles contributed to the loss of trees as well as heat and drought.
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