Found these two time-lapse vids on facebook. A guy named Keiji Iwai put them together. You can see his website here: www.keijiiwai.com. (Note: music will play on homepage. Might want to turn down your speakers first.)
This is the first video: www.keijiiwai.com/Clients/SchultzFireSmall.mov.
I can’t look at that without getting a lump in my throat. I know just what I’m looking at. I’ve got a lot of memories from time well spent up on those hills. A lot of good times, a lot of suffering.
Pretty much everything that looks green in that photo is no more. It’s more of less all in the blue area on the map linked above.
From Iwai’s own description of the second video via facebook:
I edited another time-lapse video of the Schultz Fire from the same night, this one from a wider angle.
Jesus. What a mess. One campfire. That’s all it took.
It may be time to disconnect the camping experience from the requirement of burning things. It may be time to ban the campfire. Outright. Full stop. There are parts of this state that have been recovering for years, years, from one campfire left burning unattended. The experience of hundreds of other citizens is diminished in trade for one group’s need to burn things.
You don’t need a campfire. You can cook without it. You don’t need a campfire. You will be warm without it.
Having a campfire is not a right. It is a privilege. A campfire is a responsibility. A campfire is a choice.
And the state should rescind that privilege. It has gone too far. Public policy demands we take appropriate steps to preserve the forest so all can benefit from it’s continued existence – never mind the threat to home and personal property. If this is the cost that we all must bare so a group of campers can burn things, I say that cost is too high. Full fire restrictions, across the board.by