Husband and I went down on Saturday because he grew up down there. We were curious to see what had burned and what was standing. Many's the time when we were dating that we went four-wheeler riding on the government property. You could smell the smoke in Garrison, Mo, about ten miles from the fire.
The Missouri Forestry Department brought in crews from Michigan, Ohio, and Iowa to help contain the blaze because Missouri crews had been fighting another fire up north all week.
We talked to a crew out of Iowa who had no clue how to get around on the twisty roads. Husband asked if it burned the Miriam Cemetery (the sign was sure burned away) and the firefighter said he didn't know because they couldn't find it. They wouldn't let us go on down that road because trees were falling all over the place down there.
|Campground at Miriam Cemetery Road|
The trees are so thick you couldn't get a decent shot of the valley below the campground, but the entire area was black.
The area a little farther down the road from the campground was still smoking on Saturday. We ran into a couple of firetrucks, a forestry truck with a trailer behind it, and a some machinery they used to help control the fire. On Friday they went ahead and set fire to meet the fire that was already burning to keep it from spreading to other parts of the forest. As I understand it, they got it contained by Sunday or Monday.