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  1. 1. THE CROWSNEST FIRES<br />
  2. 2. A random fire got out of control.<br />What had been a seasonal wildfire abruptly changed direction and transformed into a giant fire.<br />August 21, 2003<br />
  3. 3. A 6-km wall of flame reached 50 meters into the sky<br />Throwing off the energy equivalent of an atomic explosion every 30 minutes!<br />Details<br />
  4. 4. Tales from the fire<br />One resident at home that Saturday was Elaine Hruby.<br />At 10 a.m. authorities told her to leave. Immediately. <br />“I didn’t know what to take” says Hruby, recalling her anxious departure.<br />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.<br />
  5. 5. 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. <br />I felt masochistic, sitting on the outcropping, Hrubyrecalls But those flames were like a magnet.<br />…Tales continued…<br />
  6. 6. The Blaze…<br />Burned 20,000 hectares of forest.<br />It affected local tourism and the timber industry.<br />Some businesses benefited: local dry cleaners, gas stations, restaurants and office services.<br />Spray Lake Sawmills, they will use a significant amount of the burnt lumber.<br />
  7. 7. burnt bark is not good, from a lumber perspective but de-barking the trees will keep the chips clean and reduce the carbon content.<br />Large stands of timber smoother the light and inhibit undergrowth. <br />A burned area creates ecological diversity and allows for the development of rich undergrowth that wasn’t there before.<br />Salvaging The Woods<br />
  8. 8. http://images.google.ca/images?gbv=2&hl=en&safe=off&sa=1&q=forest+fire&aq=f&oq=&start=0<br />http://images.google.ca/images?gbv=2&hl=en&safe=off&sa=1&q=nuclear+explosion&aq=0&oq=nuclear&start=0<br />Image Citations <br />
  9. 9. The End<br />By Christine Hauck<br />

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