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  • THE CROWSNEST FIRES
  • A random fire got out of control.
    What had been a seasonal wildfire abruptly changed direction and transformed into a giant fire.
    August 21, 2003
  • A 6-km wall of flame reached 50 meters into the sky
    Throwing off the energy equivalent of an atomic explosion every 30 minutes!
    Details
  • Tales from the fire
    One resident at home that Saturday was Elaine Hruby.
    At 10 a.m. authorities told her to leave. Immediately.
    “I didn’t know what to take” says Hruby, recalling her anxious departure.
    After putting her cat and dog in the car, she grabbed the lamp her husband once used as a miner, her jewelry (but not his) and a little plastic Buddha.
  • Hruby then drove about 20 km west along the valley, sat down on a rock ledge overlooking1,359-m-high Crowsnest Pass and watched the flames veer down on Hillcrest.
    I felt masochistic, sitting on the outcropping, Hrubyrecalls But those flames were like a magnet.
    …Tales continued…
  • The Blaze…
    Burned 20,000 hectares of forest.
    It affected local tourism and the timber industry.
    Some businesses benefited: local dry cleaners, gas stations, restaurants and office services.
    Spray Lake Sawmills, they will use a significant amount of the burnt lumber.
  • burnt bark is not good, from a lumber perspective but de-barking the trees will keep the chips clean and reduce the carbon content.
    Large stands of timber smoother the light and inhibit undergrowth.
    A burned area creates ecological diversity and allows for the development of rich undergrowth that wasn’t there before.
    Salvaging The Woods
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  • The End
    By Christine Hauck