Editor’s note: This news story, by Rick Bella, comes to us from OREGONLIVE.COM, published May 29th.
ESTACADA — The bracken ferns already have come back strong, along with the wild irises and ground-hugging thimbleberries. But all around them are charred stumps and trees so badly scorched by last fall’s 36 Pit Fire that they are dying.
The fire, which broke out Sept. 13, 2014, at the old 36 Pit quarry, spread quickly through steep terrain on both sides of the Clackamas River, about eight miles southeast of Estacada. Before it stopped advancing, the fire burned 5,524 acres, drawing a total of 967 firefighters to the battle.