History Repeating Itself With the Doce Fire

Photo courtesy of Jag Fergus, Prescott

Photo courtesy of Jag Fergus, Prescott

History is notorious for repeating itself. Eleven years ago yesterday, the Rodeo Fire started on the Fort Apache Reservation. Two days later, the Chediski Fire was reported. The two fires eventually merged, becoming the second-largest wildfire in Arizona history. The Wallow Fire, in 2011, surpassed Rodeo-Chediski when it burned more than 538,000 acres. Despite the devastation of those two human-caused fires, it seems not everyone was paying attention. The proof? Yesterday, on the anniversary of Rodeo-Chediski, the Doce Fire started 8 miles northwest of Prescott. According to officials, the cause was human. The fire has already consumed 7,000 acres of forest, and containment is at zero percent.

The Leave No Trace principles exist to help prevent fires like Doce from happening. Yet, as we learned just a few weeks ago, people either don’t care or don’t listen, which likely explains why more than 70 illegal campfires were discovered on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests over Memorial Day weekend.

Photo courtesy of Jag Fergus, Prescott

Photo courtesy of Jag Fergus, Prescott

So, here we go again. Homes have been evacuated, and the American Red Cross has already set up an evacuation center at Yavapai College. Let’s hope that this fire is contained soon.



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8 responses to “History Repeating Itself With the Doce Fire

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  2. Linda Buxton

    How can we educate and impress the importance of preserving as much as possible, a delicate ecosystem that is struggling and disappearing before our eyes, that if carelessness and ignorance persists, there may not BE any retreat to go camping or sightseeing anymore? That ‘get-away-weekend’ will have to go someplace else if we continue to deplete and destroy the beauty that Mother Nature has provided. We CAN co-exist and enjoy…..it just takes respect and common sense to keep it.

  3. Thats a major bummer. Colorado Springs is on fire again, but I think it was caused by lightning. Gotta toss that dirt on the camp fire.

    • Or not make one in the first place. We have a no burn on right now in northern Michigan, and those of us who live in the state, take that very seriously. The fines are huge, if you are caught burning when a no burn is on. Perhaps Az. no burn does not include a large enough cash penalty. The issue is 2 fold though, and the radical environmentalists, like tree huggers, are loving their forests “to death”. What I mean by that is this~since the 80’s, groups like tree huggers, have fought hard, even in court, to not allow any thinning of forests or any type of clearing or cleaning (esp of forest floors), and we’ve set ourselves up for even more devastating fires. Why? Because, 200 yrs ago, there were meadow areas in those forests, and now there are none. We’ve let those grow up into one continuous forest. No natural fire lines. Period. that’s what this has created. The Yellowstone fire is the best early example of what happens when these groups fight the forestry management and NOT allow them to keep their forests healthy by clearing and cleaning them on a regular basis. Until this chgs and we go back to doing that, our forest fires will cont’ to be huge. It’s sad that this is what being OVERLY environmentally conscious results in.

      • And, do the tree huggers know this fact~take a steep hill w/hardly no pines on the side. Leave the new trees alone and do not thin on the hills at all. Over 20 yrs the hill fills in w/trees. This puts a large root system down and actually erodes the hill, and it “falls”, in places. Less trees would keep the hill (ground) more in tact.

  4. Such a shame that people are not more careful. I’m concerned about July4th in Utah this year. Lots of heat, dry winds, and plenty of beetle killed trees, plus careless fireworks users, is a setup for a fire.

  5. And up here in British Columbia Canada the heat is on and I worry careless people will again give us the large fires. I have begun to wish for rainy summers or no summers at all.

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