Tucson, Arizona - Aspen Fire 2003 (Mount Lemmon) - Approximately 85,000 acres
Simi Valley, California - 2005 Fire in Simi Valley - 25,000 acres
Sedona, Arizona - Slide Fire, 2014 - 21,227 acres
Kaibab National Forest - Sitgreaves Fire, 2014 - 11,080 Acres
Over the last few months, I have visited forests that have recently been impacted by large wild fires, to learn and understand the different phases of reforestation after a fire. The wildfires were caused by a variety of different reasons (human made or natural), but the damage is extensive either way. Time will only tell exactly how the regrowth will look, but due to climate change, the vast forests of Ponderosa Pine and other trees we are familiar with, may be a thing of the past as new plants find home in the ever changing environment of the forest floor.
I am continuing to learn about the ecosystem and the role wild fires naturally play. Here are some photographs I have taken at the various locations, As research continues across the southwest, I will post more pictures.