The “LNU” mega-fire complex in the North Bay includes several big burns—some separate, some merged—like the Walbridge Fire and Hennessy Fire. These roared through sparsely populated areas, but threatened multiple towns and cities, such as Santa Rosa. The populated areas have mostly been saved after more than a week of strenuous effort. But some communities and remote areas where I’ve pedaled suffered heavily.

Here are a few bike rides I’ve recorded in recent years through places hit hard by the LNU complex of fires.

Lake Sonoma: The Walbridge Fire pushed east along Skaggs Spring Road (photo above) to and around the lake, but no assessment of damage yet.

Berryessa – Knoxville Road: Completely burned out along this route north of Lake Berryessa.

Venado: This small community and everything along Mill Creek Road totally devastated.

Armstrong Redwoods: Fire raged through the higher elevations and spread down into the ancient redwoods, but the full extent of damage has not yet been assessed.

They call me Old Grumble-Face. I have no idea why they do that....

2 response to "Ashes"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 29, 2020

    Sad to know those places burned. Hope the Armstrong Redwoods survived, that one tree did show previous fire damage. You suppose they will replace the rain gauge at Venado?
    It was good to see the LHT in the earlier posts. (Nothing against the Ogre at all)

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: August 30, 2020

    Thanks for posting the links to these rides. They all look like such beautiful areas to ride. It’s just too sad to think about the devastation that has occurred.

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