Burnt spruce trees left standing on Murphy Dome

Last year we heard about the Shovel Creek Fire on Murphy Dome almost every day. It started on June 21, 2019, from lightning. Many residents were evacuated later in the month when it neared two subdivisions. In town, bulletin boards stood outside the grocery store entrances, updated daily with maps of the current fire-lines and general information. The fire grew to over 23,000 acres in July and wasn’t contained until August. Portions burned until the snow fell.

After our long winter, the snow is almost gone. We explored some of the burn areas last night. This is definitely one of the largest burn areas I’ve seen, stretching as far as I could see down the hill. The landscape was full of charred spruce snags with little tufts of dead, copper-colored needles. Quite a desolate look, with just some hints of green and an occasional live tree somehow missed by the blaze.

CameraNikon NIKON D7100 (Current model NIKON D7500)
LensSigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM for Nikon (For Canon cameras) (Lens Review)
Focal Length17.0 mm (25.0 mm in 35mm)
Exposure Time0.001s (1/1000)

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