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Clearing a Road to Recovery After the Loma Fire

By Jennifer Leman | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Bay Area News Group | Read the original article in 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.

Uniformed man peering into melted culvert
Ed Orre, Santa Clara County's Division Chief and Unit Forester with Cal Fire, peers into a plastic culvert along Loma Chiquita Road on March 14, 2018. The culvert melted during 2016's Loma Fire, which scorched the remote region in the Santa Cruz Mountains. (Jennnifer Leman/Bay Area News Group)

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.

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