Scientists monitoring aftermath of Biscuit fire a decade later

Trees Burning in Forest Fire

 

MEDFORD, Ore. — Scientists are monitoring the aftermath of the 2002 Biscuit fire that charred the Siskiyou Mountains. It was Oregon’s largest recorded wildfire and by keeping tabs post-blaze, scientists are trying to understand the long-term effects.

In the Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, a popular trail is now a scorching hike because of the loss of forest canopy.

Meanwhile, for example, young conifers including pine, fir and several rare Brewer spruce, also known as weeping spruce rise from the ground, post-fire.