6 months on...
On 18th May 2020, there was a massive fire at Wareham Forest in Dorset, UK, which made national headlines.
Photos were taken 6 months after the fire...
It is thought the blaze was started by one or more disposable barbecues or camp fires. Glass bottles were also found in the charred remains.
In some areas the fire stopped in its tracks
There was a natural fire break: trees were burned on one side of the path, but not on the other.
Whole thickets of trees were destroyed
The fire burned for almost two weeks, destroying about 550 acres (220 hectares). 3 weeks later there was a second fire.
Skeleton trees & bushes
Even the soil was burned, but some grasses managed to grow during the summer.
Tree trunks are blackened
Although some tree trunks are badly burned, they may survive if there is enough greenery left. Only time will tell....
Despite the devastation....
Amazing colours are appearing, with new growth mingling amongst the fire damage and the few bits of undamaged trees.
Rich browns, oranges & reds
Among the devastation and ugliness of the fire damage, there is a certain beauty.
Wareham Forest Fire The future?
NO FIRES OR BARBECUES OR SMOKING