Las Flores Fire Composite
August 22, 2007
On the day we had chosen to revisit the Ramp Fire area (see the Earth Science Picture of the Day for September 17, 2006 and May 24, 2007), our trip had to be postponed due to a new fire. This one broke out only about two miles from our homes – much too close for comfort. The Las Flores (California) fire burned from March 31 through April 2, 2007, and consumed 4,100 acres. Narrow, steep canyons and soft sand hindered ground based fire-fighting efforts. The top two photos were taken on March 31, just a short time after the fire began and then again that night. The bottom left photo was taken on November 25, 2006, before the fire; and the bottom right photo was taken at the same site on April 7, 2007, just one week after the fire was extinguished. This wildfire burned in patches. Some brush and Joshua trees were burned to just powder and ash while adjacent brush was left untouched.