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When I was in college in the late 70s/early 80s, I teamed with one of my professors (Wally Tordoff) to help him with a population study on the endangered Limestone Salamander. This is a salamander found only within the Merced River canyon, and the particular population we were studying is (was?) located in Hell Canyon near Bagby along Hwy 49N.

The area has burned before, but not to the extent with which it burned during the Detwiler Fire this past week.

I can only hope our lil salamander buddies were buried deep enough that they escaped.

 

Hell Canyon, looking south towards Bagby along Hwy 49N. Endangered Limestone Salamanders are (were?) in that canyon.

 

 

 

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The Detwiler Fire started late Sunday afternoon and quickly grew to 1000 acres. By morning, it had grown to over 7000 acres. Homes and other structures are threatened, with at least one home destroyed. Evacuations cover the the Hunters Valley area east of Lake McClure.

 

Photo Credit: (NOAH BERGER / EPA)

 

 

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