One of major fuels for this fire has been second growth Ponderosa pine1.
Paul Ries with Oregon Department of Forestry drove me approximately 7 miles south of Sisters in Central Oregon to see firsthand the aftermath of Rooster Rock Fire. Currently the fire is 6,134 acres and is 50% contained.
Pinus ponderosa, commonly known as the ponderosa pine, bull pine, blackjack pine, or western yellow pine, is a very large pine tree of variable habit native to the western United States and Canada. It grows in various erect forms from British Columbia southward and eastward through 16 western states. “Pinus ponderosa.” Wikipedia. 30 December 2014. ↩