Chappell Remnants

July 14th, 2021

For six months a year, Atlas Peak is a high rocky desert, replete with flora and fauna well adapted to fire. Until 50 years ago, regular burns reduced fuel loads and prevented fires from completely decimating the landscape. Three generations of intervention coupled with a warming climate have resulted in higher winds, extended droughts, and a build-up of fuels that have supercharged the intensity of fire impact. This burned remnant of manzanita is an eerie reminder of recent results.