Last year, a forest fire in northern Santa Cruz county, the CZU lightning complex fire, burned 86,000 acres.
The Santa Cruz forest fire was stopped as it reached the University of California, Santa Cruz campus north of Santa Cruz, where we live. As we are again in fire season, we felt it would be a good time to post a few photos we took of the area that was devistated by the fire last year.
This year, the drought is worse, and the fire hazard has increased. Climate change is taking it’s toll on Santa Cruz county, much like it is in the rest of the world, only here it’s drought and fire instead of floods or hurricanes.
Some of the trees have been logged so at least the lumber can be salvaged.
Some areas have started showing regrowth on the trees and a few wild flowers.
Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography