There was a big forest and grassfire that started in the public forest land last March 16 and ended the next day. The fire spread to other areas including near the upland dumpsite and materials recovery facility (MRF), various private farms. This is part of our farm, the fire did not cross the creek.
Ground view of the grass fire. Bad news because the fire affected many trees, although most of them will survive and regrow new leaves. Good news because the cogon, other grasses, vines there were very thick already that only a grassfire or huge grass cutters can remove them.
It used to be a rice field that Nong Endring cultivated for several years. Now that Nong Endring is old and he cannot till this wide area anymore, tall grasses have invaded the area.
This used to be the area of Fernando's house. He was not working for us, he just put a small house there and slept there at night, at day time he does many things outside the farm. I gave him a modest allowance for guarding the farm at night.
Thick layers of burned cogon and other grasses.
This used to be the cage for our chicken in the farm. Note the slightly elevated land via one layer of stone terrace.
April 15, 2016
These are photos sent by Danny today. The affected trees in the upland in the grass and forest fire last month.
On Grass Fire, April 17, 2014
Denuded mountains, March 31, 2009
From Forestland to Grassland, September 21, 2012
Denuded Uplands, Western Pangasinan, February 17, 2015
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