Fire Recovery at the Bernard Field Station

IMG_4455Route 66 cuts through Claremont’s midsection as Foothill Blvd. Just south of the 4-lane road, the Claremont Colleges occupy roughly a square mile with the colleges adjoining each other at their borders, making it easy to walk, bike, skateboard or unicycle from one to the other.

North of Foothill Blvd., the Bernard Field Station provides an outdoor classroom for biological and environmental research with its indigenous coastal sage scrub and transplanted drought-tolerant species.

The future of this land is uncertain as the original intention was for it to be held in trust for future colleges. That is another blog post.

In September 2013, the water company sparked a fire while cutting metal along the edge of the Field Station. While 17 acres burned, the fire was put out in under two hours with no damage to surrounding buildings.

In the days following the fire, I walked along the fence and took these photos.

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Last week I returned to the same spot to see what has grown in the past two years. Although we are in a drought, and the plants are rather brown, you can see that nature (and people in charge of trash cans) have been working to recover.

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