We expect cold weather in winter. Flowers and showers in the spring. Hot weather and outdoors fun every summer. Followed by the beauty of autumn. As long as it doesn't rain when we're hiking, biking or jogging, all is well. Then, nature jumps out of our neatly wrapped boxes.
Droughts lead to water shortages. Dry weather fuels forest fires. Fires leave burn scars. Then, rains cause mudslides and flooding. Eventually, nature's cycles of peace and chaos bring renewal.
So much of the Southeast caught fire -- from downed power lines, careless people and occasional crazoids -- and eradicated forests, trails, homes and hundreds of buildings in the Gatlinburg, TN, area.
Now come the rains over woodlands marred by burn scars.
Here's what the National Weather Service says about Burn Scars:
If you live, work or are hiking or vacationing near an area recently affected by a wildfire, keep in mind it will not take much rainfall to cause flooding. Land that was recently burned by a wildfire is called a "burn scar", and when rain falls over a burn scar, the ground is unable to absorb much of the water, which often results in flash flooding.
Please be careful as you venture back into our beloved woods and hills. Carry useful gear. Be confident. But, watch your step and let people know where you're going and when you expect to return. Please.
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Published Nov 16, 2016. The Nantahala Outdoor Center survived the flames of wildfires that threatened so many areas of North Carolina and Georgia along the Appalachian Trail.
Published Jun 24, 2014. The Forest Service plans a prescribed burn in Croatan National Forest of 567 acres to help prevent forest fires. Really.
Published Dec 1, 2016. Federal authorities have arrested Keith Eugene Mann, of Franklin, NC, for starting two wildfires inside the Nantahala National Forest.
Published Mar 29, 2016. US Army Rangers and members of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club joined forces to protect and preserve Hawk Mountain.
Anyone can thru-hike our nation's most popular footpath, if they can climb the 10 Highest Peaks on the Appalachian Trail.
Published Nov 25, 2016. Please, observe the fire ban that extends along the path of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Virginia and in national forests nearby.