Wired Magazine On The Southwest Megafires

Wired.com’s article “Megafires May Change the Southwest Forever

The plants and animals of the southwestern United States are adapted to fire, but not to the sort of super-sized, super-intense fires now raging in Arizona.

The product of drought and human mismanagement, these so-called megafires may change the southwest’s ecology. Mountainside Ponderosa forests could be erased, possibly forever. Fire may become the latest way in which people are profoundly altering modern landscapes.

The two closest fires to me are still burning. The Las Conchas Fire in the Jemez Mountains near Las Alamos is at 92,735 and is close to being the largest fire in New Mexico. The Pacheco Fire near Santa Fe and the Pecos Wilderness has burned a measly 10,000 acres and is 24% contained.

The Donaldson fire is much more south of me but has burned over 43,000 acres.

We are getting signs of Monsoon weather.

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Great Weekend

The last few weeks has provided New Mexico with a lot of precipitation in the form of Snow. The Santa Fe Ski Basin has over 71 inches of snow. We (as in some friends from work) had the opportunity to enjoy it on Saturday. Although it was windy it was also sunny (sunny enough to give me a sunburn on the right side of my face) and just the right temperature. The skis I bout over 5 years ago are a bit straight so I rented some modern shaped skis from the ski area. For a measly $18. Last few times I went skiing we were exhausted by 3:30, this time we were the last persons on the lift leaving the mountain about 4:30. I can say this was the best skiing this year.

On Sunday the it was in the high 60’s. We went to the Fiery Food Show at the Albuquerque convention center. I’m not much into spicy food but my Girlfriend is. The place opens in the morning for vendors and opens at 12 for the public, we got there at 12 and it’s a good thing we did. By the time we left at about 1:30 the parking garage was filling up. The place was packed, you could hardly walk to the various booths. Watching the news tonight they said this was their best year by 15%. We walked over to check out Tucano’s Brazilian Restaurant. Our first time to this kind of restaurant and we weren’t in the mood to pay $19.95 a person for all the meat we could eat so we just got the salad bar.

It was a busy but great weekend.