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A firefighter at work in Gila National Forest, New Mexico, on May 30, 2012. (Kari Greer/USFS)

A firefighter at work in Gila National Forest, New Mexico, on May 30, 2012. (Kari Greer/USFS)

Forest Fire - Gila National Wilderness - Photo by Jacqueline McNeese
"Fires in Gila National Forest are affecting the skies in all of southwestern New Mexico. This photo is from EarthSky Facebook friend Jacqueline McNeese on May 23, 2012. She said these are the true colors she saw in the clouds of smoke. Note the whiter smoke from the source of the fire, in the lower left of this photo.”
HH:  This breaks my heart.  It is a wilderness area full of wildlife and wonders. Guess nature is going to have to clean house and begin again.
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Forest Fire - Gila National Wilderness - Photo by Jacqueline McNeese

"Fires in Gila National Forest are affecting the skies in all of southwestern New Mexico. This photo is from EarthSky Facebook friend Jacqueline McNeese on May 23, 2012. She said these are the true colors she saw in the clouds of smoke. Note the whiter smoke from the source of the fire, in the lower left of this photo.”

HH:  This breaks my heart.  It is a wilderness area full of wildlife and wonders. Guess nature is going to have to clean house and begin again.

Map of designated wilderness areas in Gila Nat...
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Photo and comment by Bret Edge
The La Sal Mountains tower over the Spanish Valley and Moab, Utah. Massive groves of aspen trees and gambel oaks cover the mountain in brilliant hues during autumn. The area in this photo was ravaged by a wildfire two years ago, as evidenced by the charred snags. New growth of gambel oaks is slowly erasing any evidence of the fire with their colorful autumn leaves.

Autumn Oaks & Charred Snags  

Photo and comment by Bret Edge

The La Sal Mountains tower over the Spanish Valley and Moab, Utah. Massive groves of aspen trees and gambel oaks cover the mountain in brilliant hues during autumn. The area in this photo was ravaged by a wildfire two years ago, as evidenced by the charred snags. New growth of gambel oaks is slowly erasing any evidence of the fire with their colorful autumn leaves.