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Repairing Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail after the Spings Fire, on May 15, 2013

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Outline of the Springs Fire burn area (orange), overlaid on a trail and topo map.
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Satellite photo of the burn area (red), taken May 9.
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The remains of the port-a-potty at the bottom of the blacktop hill
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A group of trailworkers with the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council trail crew getting ready to hit the dirt
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Fallen oak across from the burned outhouse
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Another view of the fallen oak
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Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail trailhead. The haze is glare on the camera lens from the sun, not smoke!
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The bridge at the bottom of the blacktop hill has seen a little of the fire
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The surface of the bridge is a little charred
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Hitting the dirt!
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This branch over the trail was weakened by the fire and had to be removed
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Cutting it into pieces that were small enough to drag off the trail
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This tree had more serious damage
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The chips fly as the limb is cut up
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Part of an old fence that used to be hidden by the brush
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An old windmill is lying down here!
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Again, the haze is glare on the camera lens, not smoke
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A small 'ash ghost' - the remains of a fallen tree or branch that has been completely consumed by the fire
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Yet another fallen tree needs to be removed from the trail
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The tree was too big to cut up so we rerouted the trail around it. It's very dusty work!
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At this point we were worried that all the trees had fallen across the trail, but only the lower 20% of the trail was affected this way.
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We had to clear a lot of chaparral that had fallen across the trail
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A much larger 'ash ghost'
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There were 'ash ghosts' everywhere :-(
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A sprig of new growth in this scorched landscape!

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