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I know this isn't relevant to most of you, but if you're curious about riding conditions in the western US fire season has been great in Oregon, and not bad in NorCal, until last week.  The Walker Fire blew up last weekend and is at 50,000 acres and contained only by wind.  40,000 acres of timber, not a bunch of scrub.  Our riding area in NE Plumas is maybe 250,000 acres.  If you're bored, on the map below the area within the green squares is about half our riding area, there are 2 paved roads through that entire area (2 lane and crappy), so its dirt bike heaven.  The fire is obviously the red area.  Our place is at the "s" in Stony Ridge.  Fires are crazy, they jump around and skip things and sometimes large parts of the fire can actually be an improvement if the big trees don't burn.  Other parts can look like the moon.  Obviously I haven't been in there yet but I'm sure our favorite gorge is torched - 20,000 acres of heavy timber burned in 4 hours Saturday nite, hard to imagine, the fire crews can't do anything but run for their lives and try to establish a new line a few miles back.  VLTs look like mosquitos over this fire.  As of this morning its still 3 miles from my meadow but the winds are turning bad again so I'll just have to sit up here in Oregon and look at caltopo.com and stew.  I posted the scenery shot below last year, for context that gorge is now charcoal, we hope the rest isn't as bad.  And hey, it will all grow back ... in a couple hundred years.

But riding in the Oregon cascades has been great this month.

Walker Fire 9-12-19.jpeg

red clover canyon 9.13.18.jpg



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Not the answer you were after but here on the east coast of Australia , we have been surrounded by fires for the last couple of months and its winter , with one outside port Macquarie where i work a couple a couple  of days a week now been burning for a bit over 7 weeks now  .  the area i cover for work is approx 200ks in length and there is no break from the smoke anywhere .

back on the subject a bit we have the forestry closing parks and forests at time of extreme fire danger it impacts on riding time but its necessary , like you i have a few directions i can head to ride so can usually find an area that safe to ride ,that may change when we move into summer if it doesn't rain .The positive is the bike only gets dusty and no need to wash any mud off biggrin



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We get a lot of fires here in South Australia as it's very dry but we don't have the dense forests, more scrub than forest.

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TerryK wrote:

We get a lot of fires here in South Australia as it's very dry but we don't have the dense forests, more scrub than forest.

Terry


 I have family in Adelaide and they notice the same  dry but different landscapes 

Drive most  of today in smoke dodging fire trucks and water bombers  it's an unusual start to spring 

6pm still 28deg 

 

Rode last weekend fingers crossed next weekend is OK again 



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Misery loves company, but I'm sorry to hear its not just our woods on fire. Plumas is getting rain tonight and it looks like this will be about 60,000 acres in the end. Oregon on the other hand has been perfect all summer.

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Woke up to rain today  nice 



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I got out put putting around with the wife this week to get a look at the fire.  Here are after and before pics, hard to see the fire damage in my crappy shots but maybe you get the picture

last chance camp 10.15.19.jpg

last chance camp (2) 10.15.19.jpg

Before: last spring:

clarks last chance 5.29.18.jpg

fire got into this forest pretty good

last chance 3 10.15.19.jpg

lower stony 27N 10.15.19.jpg

But thankfully my place is still looking good, great camping and riding, down to low 20s at night (6000 ft) but mid 60s during the day.

meadow 1 10.15.19.jpg

meadow 2 10.15.19.jpg



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Great photos - thanks for sharing.

Will the burnt trees grow again or are they dead?

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dead, if more than 1/2 the needles are brown they're done, a lot of it didn't top because the trees were fairly wet so the wood is in good shape but the tree is dead, hopefully they can salvage log.

not that I would do such a thing but that TTR just TTRactors all over the place in 2nd gear like a quad. as you can see the brush and little trees are gone in the burn, just bare dirt, and dead trees haven't started to fall, so the woods are open like XC skiing. but the FS says that's bad so I wouldn't think of it.

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