Photos from the Polipoli Springs State Park fire -- Maui 2007

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Photos from the Polipoli State Park fire-- Maui 2007
By Greg Perry, Kirkland Washington Realtor

We've enjoyed and hiked in Maui's Polipoli State Park several times in our island visits.  Located at about the 6700 ft level, Polipoli was amazing.  Huge redwood trees, eucalyptus grooves, native rhododendron plants and expansive stands of pine trees created a surreal forest environment that you would expect on the California coast, not a tropical pacific island.

In January 2007, over 2300 acres burned in Polipoli area of Maui.  Polipoli just opened again for the first time since the fire.  Forestry crews have been cleaning the area up for safety.

It was hard seeing the damage done by the fire.  We hiked in about a mile.  Here are some photos of the fire damaged area.

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At 6700 feet, we were in the clouds for the most part.  I would estimate that the temperature was about 65 degrees. 

We drove through acres of fire damaged trees to get to Polipoli.  At first, the State Park entrance looked fairly normal.  The fire damage greeted us, however, as soon as we started down the trail.

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This area, which used to be the Redwood forest, is now the Deadwood forest.  The next several photos will be from the Redwood forest.
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The next photos are from the Eucalyptus groove:
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The next photo is a scortched pine forsest:
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The trip in to Polipoli was fairly uneventful.  There were muddy areas on the road.  In one point, there was a small tree across the road that we lifted to create clearance for our van.
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Here are some links for more information about the Polipoli State Park fire on Maui

http://www.pdc.org/PDCNewsWebArticles/2007/Polipoli/polipoli_fire.html
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Aug/31/ln/hawaii708310351.html

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Carolyn A. Rzaca
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Polipoli State Park has always been so beautiful.  It is amazing what "Mother Nature" does.  Thanks for the photo update.
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Authorities reported that it was all started by one cigarette.  It was devastating.  The forest will regrow, however.

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