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2005 VALLEY ROAD FIRE: Update 2007                      Photos by Lynne Stone

The land is healing from this 48,838 acre burn in the White Clouds. In 2006, new vegetation started to grow in the areas of the Valley Road Fire. BWCC hosted a field trip here with the Sawtooth National Forest, BWCC supporters, and also reporters from two Idaho newspapers (see 2006 Valley Road Fire Field Trip for more photos). This is what we saw:        

New green growth in a severely burned area of 4th of July canyon. Lynne Stone photo.
June 21, 2006 - Idaho Mt. Express reporter Steve Benson takes a photo  of new green growth in a severely burned area of 4th of July canyon, while Stanley Ranger Joe Harper and local resident Bob Dargatz look on.

 

Heavy thunder storms in summer 2006, caused water to flood off of burned areas. Lynne Stone photo.
Heavy thunder storms in summer 2006, caused water to flood off of burned hillsides in Fourth of July canyon and resulted in mud-caked areas.

 

An unusual sight in burned areas that were mulched with straw, was the wheat that sprouted. Lynne Stone photo.
An unusual sight in burned areas that were mulched with straw, was the wheat that sprouted the next summer. This is probably the first time ever that wheat has grown in places like 4th of July canyon.

 

Caked mud caused from high intensity storms in burned areas. Lynne Stone photo.
Caked mud caused from high intensity storms in burned areas, nevertheless, created beautiful patterns.

 

Despite the extreme temperatures in burned areas, chipmunks and other wildlife somehow survived. Lynne Stone photo.
Despite the extreme temperatures in burned areas, chipmunks and other wildlife somehow survived.
 

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