Blue Creek Fire: After the Burn

  • Walla Walla Community College Main Parking Lot 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States

This event's start time has changed to 10:00 am this Saturday.

Last July a wildfire in the Blue Creek area burned over 6,000 acres of grass, brush and timber, threatening the Mill Creek Watershed, many homes and cabins, with the loss of one family’s dwelling.

The fire left a sizable black mark on the viewshed of our valley. Come take a closer look at the fire nearly one year after the event, comparing it to pictures taken last fall. Examine the effect on the vegetation and observe how Nature works to heal itself.

Eric Pfeifer, Forester, Umatilla National Forest Service, will be on hand to share his knowledge of post-fire regeneration and an evaluation of the health of the area one growing season later. Brett Thomas, Fire Management Office also from the Umatilla National Forest, Chief Rocky Eastmanof Walla Walla Fire District 4, and Tom Schoenfelder of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources will discuss fighting wildfires, identifying some of the challenges faced in the Blue Creek fire.

We will meet in the parking lot at the Walla Walla Community College and carpool to Klicker Mountain Road, to a vantage point of the area. Bring water and a lunch. The area is rocky so consider bringing a folding chair.

Our plan is to repeat this session annually to track the progress of the area’s regeneration. 

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