Thread: Washbowl Fire
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Old 09-25-2019, 08:49 AM   #1
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Washbowl Fire

Today I checked out the site of last week's Washbowl fire. The fire was at the north end of the Washbowl and is not all that visible from the bridge on the Ridge Trail. The fire was started by a campfire. Whomever built the fire carefully placed rocks around the edge, but the fire burned down through the flammable organic layer of pine needles (a.k.a. duff) and easily "escaped" the ring of rocks. Build fires on rocks or other non flammable surfaces. First photo is the extent of the fire from the other shore. Second photo shows the fire ring that failed to contain the fire.
And while I'm on my soapbox lamenting poor hiker/camper behavior, here is a final photo showing a "bootleg" trail that cuts one of the switchbacks below the Washbowl. That bootleg trail has now been brushed in, and we can only hope that hikers now stay on the established trail. Third photo shows the bootleg trail that goes straight down the fall line and would soon become eroded if allowed to continue.
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