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    Default Burn notice. 1/8/2020


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    Are these "controlled burns" beneficial or harmful? Almost every time I have walked thru one afterwards I see dead turtle shells. I would think they are decimating to the native animals.
    Let's head for the roundhouse; they can't corner us there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Call View Post
    Are these "controlled burns" beneficial or harmful? Almost every time I have walked thru one afterwards I see dead turtle shells. I would think they are decimating to the native animals.
    I've been in a couple controlled burns over the years----as a backpacker of course---and they suck---unless you like living in smoke for several days---and enjoy gulping down gallons of polluted air. Now I carry this item on most of my trips---


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    It depends.
    Do you want a controlled burn?
    Or an out of control burn?
    The government tried suppressing wild fires. Look what happened in Yellowstone NP in 1988.
    The turtles are still there.
    Wayne

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    Short answer is they help. Long answer is it depends on what plants and animals you want to encourage. The long leaf pine ecosystem is adapted for fire.


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    Last year I set off for an overnight hike on the Lone Star Trail. I saw a huge cloud of smoke over the forest as soon as I got off the interstate, so I stopped in the ranger's office to find out what was going on. They were in fact doing a controlled burn but she told me the section I planned to hike was safe. The trail was blackened with soot and trees were scorched - it had obviously recently been burned. I was barely 1/4 mile in when I started seeing plumes of smoke from small fires here and there and reluctantly turned back after deciding I didn't want to take a chance. That evening I was watching the news and learned that a helicopter carrying crew who were assisting with the burn had crashed in the forest not too far from where I had been hiking. I'm really glad I turned back.

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    I backpacked the Naked Ground Trail (below pic) right after the big Maple Springs wildfire which torched and scorched several thousands acres in North Carolina in the Kilmer/Slickrock wilderness. This was around the same time as the terrible Gatlinburg wildfire. The fire climbed up the ridge and burned a bunch of land all the way up to 5,000+ feet.


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    I remember last March 2019 I was backpacking the BMT near Mud Gap and reached Whiggs Meadow in a cloud of smoke as the FS was pulling a couple burns in my area. It sucked!! Here I am atop Whiggs Meadow at 5,000 feet with the fire smoke chasing me off the mountain---


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    Controlled burns are beneficial/necessary, ask the
    Aussies. They learned the hard way.

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