It’s a wet morning, and the fire is almost out…

davido / General / / 0 Comments / Like this
It’s a wet morning, and the fire is almost out…

I woke up this morning to hear the rain finding its way through the tree canopies.  The weather guys have been telling us it’s only going to get worse, with serious flooding possible.  The news for the past two days has been nothing but a revisit to the last rain event that occurred earlier this year.  And, of course, this is perfect timing as our men’s group has planned a major bar-b-que event this week-end at church.  On top of that, the church is sponsoring a Harvest Holiday on Sunday…so it could get a little dicey with the expectation that more than 2,000 people will attend.  But, then again, we do need the rain.

The fires at Smithville/Bastrop are now 85 percent contained.  So that is a good thing.   Officials are saying that their current, main concern is runoff and erosion of the affected land areas.  They are asking folks not to begin clean-up until after the rain event ends over the next few days.  Through the decades, Mother Nature has been taking care of the Lost Pines area.  Natural fires have been occurring for millennia, and the burns have cleared the undergrowth of brush and invader weeds.  The charred remains make perfect grounds for the growth of forbs and other vegetation that are good food for the area’s wildlife.  Enter man, and efforts have been made to thwart wildfires.  In the end, Mother Nature always holds the trump card…and at some time she will play it…

This photo is from an old slide file that I have on hand from my research project…so that dates back to about 1975.  I took the picture as we were beginning a burn at the Welder Wildlife Foundation near Sinton, Texas.  We were evaluating the nutritional value of Gulf Cordgrass following burning.  The grass is a course saltgrass that favors high saline soils in coastal areas that cattle graze around, but seldom consume.  However, the regrowth after a burn is soft, and high in protein…which the cattle readily attack.  So, fire can be a good thing if it is controlled by professionals who know what they are doing.

Leave a Reply