Saddening, maddening, infuriating, unfortunate,etc.......
There is a lot of hot tempers and emotions going on right now in our region, political finger pointing and blame gaming, its all happening. The firefighters are the ones with the most at stake here, not homeowners- fire crews are putting their lives down on the line doing the best they can to preserve our land and protect a lifestyle for all those in the fires path. So few people care about our wild lands until it impacts their way of life, which is the case now, now people are watching, involved, and concerned. I have family friends in CO who last I heard, were likely going to lose their newly remodeled house. I feel for them deeply, but cannot help but know that they are part of the problem, or were unaware of the potential for wildfire problems living along the Front Range.
The Whitewater Baldy Complex fire burned 300,000 acres, smack dab in the heart of the wilderness area, it will take a very long time to recover. If you never had a chance to explore the Gila then perhaps maybe your children or your grandchildren will have an opportunity to see a recovering or partially recovered forest. For us living in Southern NM, the Whitewater fire and the Little Bear fire decimated the gem regions in the high country, our options for backcountry exploration will have to move a few hundred miles north while the land hopefully rebuilds.
Maybe in all this loss when the smoke and flames have settled, we will come out with a greater understanding in tending our land.