Around 7 years ago, the Robert Fire made news around the world. It started from a small campfire, spread in the Northfork Drainage and jumped the Flathead River into Glacier National Park near Canyon Creek. The Robert Fire was devastating to parts of the Park and threatened many homes in our area. It came within a mile of our home when it threatened Lake Five. I remember that we had our belongings packed, waiting for the evacuation order. We checked the bulletin board daily for news.
This photo was taken at Great Northern Flats, in Northwestern Montana (USA), a popular overnight stop for rafters and kayakers. The campground was once covered with a canopy of trees, but the Forest Service had to cut them down to protect the campers. New saplings were planted and protected by conical screens. The first year after the fire, we were the only campers on the weekend we spent there. The mule deer were our only visitors.
If you look in the foreground, you can see where the strongest saplings have thrived. They are surrounded by grasses, wild onions and wildflowers, the first generation of growth.
Taken August 14, 2010 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera. Brian took a similar photo in 2006. We decided to take a newer set to show how much has changed in four years.
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8/19/10 – Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT Group.
8/20/10 – Featured in the LIVE AND LET LIVE Group.
8/21/10 – Featured in the MONTANA Group
8/22/10 – Featured in the NEWFANGLED, NONEDITED PHOTOGRAPHY Group.
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Brian’s 2006 photo, “Road to Recovery”, is shown below: