Brush Corral, Burro Fire Burn – 7/30/2017

View from near the end of the Upper Brush Corral Trail. July 2017.
View from near the end of the Upper Brush Corral Trail. July 2017.

Up to the junction with the Brush Corral Shortcut Trail there is no evidence of the Burro Fire on the Upper Brush Corral Trail – and even below the junction it takes some time to enter areas touched by the fire. But as you get closer to ridge where the Brush Corral Trail devolves into an off-trail route areas burned in the fire start to appear.

New grass just weeks after the Burro Fire. July 2017.
New grass Just weeks after the Burro Fire. July 2017.

Lower on the trail the impact of the burn is more severe but, somehow, maybe because some of this area burned in the 2002 Bullock Fire, the changes in this area don’t seem as shocking as on the top of Guthrie Mountain. The Upper Brush Corral Trail down into the more obscure part of the trail below the Brush Corral Shortcut Trail junction is definitely an interesting way to get a first hand look at the impact of the Burro Fire.

Looking over a hillside burned in the 2017 Burro Fire. July 2017.
Looking over a hillside burned in the 2017 Burro Fire. July 2017.
A Manzanita cleaned by the Burro Fire. July 2017.
A Manzanita cleaned by the Burro Fire. July 2017.

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