Boy! You guys are hard to keep up with Ha haLDMGOLD wrote:Ed:
The Iron Mountain Burn in 1966 destroyed most of the tall timber sound of the Reavis Ranch toward Reavis Gap. I think they lost about 2,000 acres of Ponderosa pine. This loss was a majority of the Ponderosa pines in the area. I have several photos of the Iron Mountain Burn I took in 1971 and in 1975. Most of my 1975 photos are dominated by the skeletons of dead pines some fifty to eighty feet high. Luckily the fire did not get into Log Trough Canyon or the area around upper head waters of Rough's Canyon. Another pristine area saved was the Ponderosa stand near Pinto Peak. I believe this fire was caused by a campfire, but I am not positive. Many of the fires were set deliberately to burn out the brush in the canyons so grass would come back in the spring. Some fires are caused by lightning, but many are also caused by careless campers who leave fires smoldering in the wrong places. The Iron Mountain Burn occurred around June 23, 1966. I hope this helps Ed.
Well I wrote (the below) moments ago
so I'll post it anyways
even if it is dated material
That’s interesting. The whole issue of ranchers in the Supers is of interest.
From the earliest tales of the LDM ranchers & cattleman have always been mentioned. Quite a history.
I probably should add a bit more to what I read.
The 1966 fire was caused by two separate lightening strikes that coalescence into one massive fire. After the fire, an inspection of the area revealed a habitation area that was thought to be Hohokam. This had never been known before. The site was supposedly excavated later by archaeologist and I was wondering if any more info was known?
thanks a grin in advance