Then up the road away to hike around a recent burn. This kept us chewing our air for about a week, with the air quality listed as unhealthy for several of those days. Everyone was wheezing and having issues grabbing enough air
What we think happened here was that the trees were pulling the last bit of food energy from their leaves before shedding them. The ground in many areas were covered with these sorts of bi-colored leaves. This one is singed around the edges.
This forest fire occurred about a month ago, spewing particulate filled air into our town making our air quality "unhealthy". The trail we were following was used by the fire fighters to get better access to the "back country", where there isnt any roads or trails, so they were bulldozing trails to get the equipment to the fire. This is one of the many trees that were cut down, and as you can see, the roots of the tree survived the scorching and is quickly working at making a new tree.
Some sort of mushroom pushing its way through the forest floor. If the weather cooperates next spring, this should be a great area to pick morel mushrooms.