8/29/13, 11:45 am: Yesterday's maps show relationships
We are not posting new maps today, because, frankly, none of the Complex's fires grew more than an acre or two Wednesday. The lower two of Wednesday's posted fire history maps show that both our more active fires, Alum and Druid, lit in some of the only large areas of the Park that have not burned within the last 130 years. These fires are thus in overmature lodgepole pine-Douglas fir forest near the end of its natural life span. These areas renew their forest from fire, the custodian of their landscape. Historical fires from the 1880's to 2000's have burned in areas several miles from this summer's fires, which are playing "catch-up" in their neighborhoods.