Forest Service file photo
Headline: “Officials showcase site of Bacon Rind Fire 1 year later” (on the Custer Gallatin National Forest in Montana).
Their main message was that, despite the fire’s size, it was ecologically beneficial to the landscape, exposing bare soil and giving way to the forest’s regeneration.
It’s good that they are showcasing this, presumably as a way to sell wildfires as a potential management tool – still, even with climate change and no “mechanical preparation.” It’s too bad that these kinds of fires don’t get the same kind of media coverage as the “bad fires.” Someone might start to think that maybe fuels reduction shouldn’t show up as the purpose for every thinning/logging project everywhere. And that forest plans should provide guidance for where it is or isn’t desirable (such as desired fuel loads).