What is Fire’s Role in Nature
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N 43° 34.847 W 121° 51.129
10T E 592673 N 4825953
This history sign is located at the Maiden Peak Viewpoint on the Cascade Lakes Highway.
Waymark Code: WMD57X
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 11/20/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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This sign is located on the Cascade Lakes Highway at the Maiden Peak Viewpoint.

Marker Name: What is Fire’s Role in Nature
Marker Text: BEFORE - Smokey Bear’s message of fire prevention helped put out fires caused by man and lightning since the 1940s. Small lightning fires were a natural way of cleaning the forest floor. The last large wildfire that burned here was in 1910.
DAVIS FIRE OF 2003 - On a hot summer day in 2003, a raging fire caused people to evacuate campgrounds and nearby homes. Firefighters had to retreat from the intense fire which eventually consumed over 21,000 acres of forest.
AFTERMATH - Over a week later when the fire was out, all that remained was a blackened forest devoid of any signs of life. This once beautiful haven on the edge of a lava flow had changed dramatically in a short amount of time.
HEALING - Over time, wind, rain, sun and snow are slowly restoring this place. Grasses have sprouted, smaller trees are growing, and wildlife continue to return. Once again, the forest is providing shelter for wildlife, fish, and seeds for new trees.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: Forest Service

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Central Oregon

County: Klamath

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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