A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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Before this area got some rain in May, Kelly and I had quite a window seat to watch a forest fire happening across Lake Chapala from us, on the beautiful and inactive volcano called Mt. Garcia. It went on for well over a week. The local press reported that not only was the terrain difficult and steep but the area is also known for having a lot of rattlesnakes. I don’t know if the fire was fought officially at all, actually. forest fires ring Mt Garcia Kelly considered taking photos at night but it would have just looked like a line of dim red dots, so he didn’t.

The dry season usually ends sometime in mid-June, and the rainy season kicks into gear.. this area gets around 34 inches of rain a year, most of it between June and October.

In the weeks before the rains, farmers burn off their corn fields in preparation for the new crop. Mexicans are astonishingly casual about fire in general, so it is no surprise that some of the corn field fires get away from the farmers. Sometimes lightning strikes start fires as well.

My eyes and nose were inflamed for much of May from smoke, probably not from these fires you see but more likely from the various smaller ones on our side of the lake, some in the mountains not far from us.

Mexico does not have a huge amount of financial resources to fight fires like these, but on the other hand, this country has not had the suppression policies that have been prevalent in the US for decades. Also, anywhere near towns, people have picked up dead wood for firewood. So it’s apples and oranges to compare the situations in the two countries.

We’re always glad when the rains start. I think it was the day after our first good rain here, in May, that we saw no more smoke from Mt. Garcia.

2 Responses to “Forest Fires in Mexico”

  • Leslie Limon says:

    Hi Rosanna! Glad your back! So nice to see the website up again. It looks fabulous and I’m looking forward to reading your great blogs.

  • Rosana says:

    Thanks, Leslie! If you come by here sometime and have read the current posts, take a look at that RV trip page on the menu bar at the top of the site… I think that’s some of the most interesting stuff on the site.

    Readers, click on Leslie’s name to go to her very interesting blog. She lives in Mexico with her Mexican husband and their four children, so she has a unique take on life here!

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