I recently was on a flight from San Diego to Reno, and I want to ask about what appeared to be millions of fading ( or dead) trees all through the southern Sierra Nevada. Does it look worse than it is or is it worse than we realize?
It’s really bad in the pine trees across much of the area below 3-4,000′ in the Central and Southern Sierra. I flew from Sac to Ontario a few weeks ago and the scale of the dead trees was incredible. Far worse than I had imagined!
Those dead tree stands you observed from m the air are all tinderboxes looking for a source of ignition. Just look at the Chimney fire that started this afternoon on the east slope of the Sierra’s. It will no doubt become a large fire very quickly and this is still the spring period.
They are talking about over 29 million trees. Here is a May 23, 2016, video about the issue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5KXjG4bcwQ&feature=youtu.be
This is a great video that captures the effects of the Bark Beetle in the Sierra.
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