Clearing a Road to Recovery After the Loma Fire
- Published: Friday, May 25, 2018
- Written by The Mercury News
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS — Ed Orre swings a long ax and cracks open the cone of a knob cone pine. He’s hunting for signs of life amid the charred trees along a foggy ridge off Loma Chiquita Road.
He finds it.
“It looks like it’s already released most of its seeds,” said Orre, a division chief and unit forester for the Santa Clara Unit of Cal Fire, based in Morgan Hill. Eventually, the seeds flushed from that cone will become a problem for the rural community, which lies north of Morgan Hill on the Santa Clara side of the Santa Clara-Santa Cruz county line.