Mike has recently written Precautionary Tree Removal, about his plans to remove some trees around his house for safety reasons. Smart fellow! Around here, of course, the big danger is falling trees killed by the 2011 fire.
One day in October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument’s backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water. She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank. A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp CRAACCK right overhead. She looked up and then very quickly sprang to the other side of the creek, just as a burned Ponderosa pine fell right where she had been sitting, crushing her backpack but very narrowly missing her. She came back shaken and scratched, but her swift realization of the situation and fast reaction kept her from serious injuries.
—The Jemez Post
Bandelier is warning people:
Hikers, and even those driving through burned areas with dead trees, need to be alert and plan ahead. Don’t choose those places to hike or drive on windy days, and seriously consider turning back if it becomes windy or a storm approaches. Listen for the sound of breaking trunks or branches, and stay out of the reach of nearby dead trees. Besides personal danger, there is the possibility that the road could be blocked by down trees.
As you know, we do know about fallen trees blocking roads, and destroying fences!