Thursday, November 13, 2008
The economy here is based on tourism and resources. While there is still some active mining the main resource, for much of the past few decades, has been the forest. Summer and winter are logging seasons. Spring and fall are too mucky for the big machines. But after a couple of weeks of hard fall rain it is a good time for burning slash, the brush and small limbs that is left behind after logging. In the evening you can often spot pyres up high on the mountains where selective and small-block logging has recently taken place.
This pile of "slash" was near the highway. More than a simple bonfire, slash piles can be a couple of metres high and twice as wide. The heat from this one could be felt from the highway 30 metres away.