Massive fires that rage through the ponderosa pine forest leave a haunted wasteland in their wake.
To find a stunning example, just drive on Forest Road 300 through the blackened scar of the Dude Fire, which charred 30,000 acres and killed six firefighters more than 20 years ago. Many of the blackened snags still stand, many more lie piled on the ground like jackstraws.
But at least the burn area forms a firebreak. Right?