The massive Rim Fire has become one of the largest wildfires in California history. The town of Groveland has been safe throughout, if a bit smoky at times. When the flames are out, and the firefighters have gone home, it’s a perfect time to come and see the wrath of Mother Nature for yourself.
This fall and winter, bring your camera and get unforgettable pictures of the burned areas which form a “moonscape” for miles around. With so many trees and shrubs gone, new vistas have opened up, and you’ll be able to see our local mountain landscape like never before. But come soon, because this will change completely in the spring.
Wildfires often create ideal conditions for spring wildflowers, which bloom with astonishing vigor in a rainbow of living color on the burned hillsides. The photo above shows this, as lupines burst forth on the slopes of Foresta after the 2009 Big Meadow Fire in Yosemite. Some Sierra plants need fire to be at their best, whether due to the heat enabling the seeds to sprout more easily, or the release of carbon from the leaves that have become ash, fertilizing the soil and changing its pH from acid to more alkali.
These rare wildflower displays are unequalled in the west, so be sure to come visit us in the spring with your camera, friends, and family. We will be running Rim Fire specials throughout the fall--watch this space for news!
For More Information
InciWeb is a great source for official information, including current maps and road closures.
Here's the Rim Fire Update page for Yosemite National Park, with information on how the fire has affected travel and points of interest.
Groveland's Facebook Page is a wealth of information about Groveland and the surrounding area, with very timely updates.