November 18, 2008
Driving to a mediation today, I had to go through the fire zone in the Newhall Pass. This looks like it was a hot, fast fire -- a lot of trees are charred and clearly dead, but still standing up. Certainly, it's not yet time to clear them out. The hoodoos that ornament the east side of this stretch of Highway 14 are going to get much more dramatic over the next few years -- all the vegetation is gone so the erosion will be much more pronounced. They won't get as dramatic as Bryce Canyon but the features are there if you bother to look for them.