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T. Knight | profile | all galleries >> Peachville Fire July 2005 >> Return to Peachville Fire April 2008 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Return to Peachville Fire April 2008

It's been almost three years since the Peachville Fire burned the desert landscape in the Silver King Mine area. With all the winter rain from 2007 and 2008 it was very lush. A lot of flowers were blooming--mallow, brittlebush, chicory, banana yucca, hedgehog cactus and others. It was amazing seeing the plants that had survived the fire. There were cactus that were severely damaged, but had quite a bit of new growth at their crowns. The giant saguaro that I saw in 2006 and wondered if it would survive because it was so badly damaged was still alive and all healed up, though very scarred from the fire.
Burned blackened limbs of a plant that died from the Peachville Fire Tobacco Tree, a non-native, growing along the 2005 burn area of Silver King Wash Penstemon pseudospectabilis Silver King has been deeply eroded
A large Barrel cactus that survived the fire Young saguaros that survived the fire This Cholla did not survive the fire Saguaros that survived the Peachville Fire that burned this area in July 2005
IMG_5436.JPG This Saguaro did not survive the fire IMG_5440.JPG Silver King Cemetery in the background
Brittlebush and mallow grew back after the fire Mallow surround a plant that died from the Peachville fire A saguaro that survived the fire Barrel cactus that survived the fire
Fire survivors This giant Saguaro survived the fire