Meet Awesome Cloud. In Santa Fe, NM when clouds come over the mountains, they have a different story to tell. This cloud appeared over the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range on a day in late July. It was not a typical cloud by any means. It was a cloud created by the movement of the Hermits Peak & Calf Canyon fire still burning far to the east of Santa Fe.
Two weeks ago, fire crews were still cleaning up the land and northern New Mexico communities damaged and in some places destroyed. Three days ago, the U.S. Senate passed a spending bill that included 2.5B for the Hermits Peak & Calf Canyon Fire victims. Hopefully it will quickly pass the House of Representatives so President Biden will sign it into law.
Over 300,000 acres were burned when the U.S. Forest Service began a prescribed burn on April 9th, 2022 without taking into account the unexpected WIND! What is unacceptable to many of us who live here is there is always lots of WIND in April.
Here is the statement and press release from Chief Randy Moore, Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service.
In my opinion, it is time to do better to save and protect our National Forests by removing the stewardship from the Department of Agriculture.
Thank you for reading and/or commenting on this blog post. The story, research and images all created by Emily Medvec.