SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway’s first Summer Tour will take place on Saturday, June 4, and the community is invited to participate in a tour of the Willow Fire burn area and a discussion of the results, suppression efforts and the future of the land affected.
Join Sierra National Forest Fuels Specialist Burt Stalter of the Bass Lake Ranger District at the North Fork Post Office at 9 a.m. Burt will conduct a tour of various sites burned during the Willow Fire, that ravaged the area over 10 days in the summer of 2015, charring over 5,700 acres before being brought under control.
The tour will highlight the effects of fuel breaks, backfiring, forest treatments and weather on the behavior of the fire. Fire ecology and future prospects for the area burned will be discussed, along with comparisons with other area fires.
Those on the tour will see where the fire started, where it crested Peckinpah Ridge, and how thinning affected the spread and behavior of the fire.
The tour will involve driving and some non-strenuous hiking into the burn areas.
Upcoming Sierra Vista Scenic Byway tour:
Saturday, July 30 — Rise of the Sierra with Tom Burdette
Tom Burdette, geologist, will conduct this tour which will proceed from the foothills to Mile High Vista lookout. Along the way Tom will be sharing the amazing events that have led to our present day glorious Sierra Nevada landscape. Meet at Spring Valley School at 9 a.m. Bring water, lunch and hiking boots.
For more information on the work done by the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association, and all the things to do on the beautiful 100 miles of the Byway, visit http://www.sierravistascenicbyway.org/