Final notes and fire statistics:
The three days I spent taking these pictures have weighed heavy on my mind ever since. Unlike the people of Loyalton and all the other communities touched by this and other fires, I was able to go home each night to a neighborhood that wasn't surrounded by destruction. After this fire, the locals had to leave home to do that. While things are a lot greener within the boundaries of this fire now, it will be generations before the effects of it aren't apparent.
Here are the statistics on the fire as of 1/1/98:
There will always be the fear in the back of my mind that next time a fire starts it will be in my neighborhood. I don't want to live in something that resembles a dirty ash tray and I'm sure that I share this attitude with everyone else who lives in or near the woods.
Thanks again to Warren Grandall for his valuable contributions to this project. The impact that his photography and input had on this essay is immeasurable. I'm not sure I'd have attempted the project without both.
I also want to thank the staff at the Tahoe National Forest Supervisor's Office for the statistics they provided on this fire. I requested the information years after the fire occurred so someone had to dig. THANKS!
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