Big Hole Fire--April 11, 2022

April 11, 2022 Big Hole Fire:  Currently estimated to have burned 904 acres---BIGGEST BOSQUE FIRE IN HISTORY.  Estimated fire response cost more than $750,000.


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FIRE UPDATE 2: As of Monday, April 18th (one week post fire) the fire has been controlled thanks to our valiant fire fighters from the local crews and places far flung--THANKS! One house lost and no lives--impressive and reasons for pride!    At WWCA, the lower area (west of the ditch) is closed to the public as fire damage is accounted for. The Upper Area has returned to normal hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM).  We now have a rough assessment of impact, estimating that the fire covered over 75% of the area (maps below), with the majority of the larger trees being burned at least to some extent (with survival unlikely for most).  An early review of inspecting fire professional assesses the burned area to be low to moderate in its severity, with isolated hot spots (aka around our larger likely to be nevermore trees).



WHITFIELD WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AREA (4-12-22 update):    Sadly on 4-11-2022 the BIG HOLE FIRE burned much of the preserve (burned area estimated at 75%).  As the District undergoes its post-fire assesssment, WWCA is currently CLOSED to the Public.  While we mourn the loss of many old trees and wildlife habitat, we look to working with Mother Nature and our many community partners as we restore and replant for the future!  

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Over 75% of Whitfield Burned

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