More Than 2,000 Miles Of Fire Access Roads Damaged In Southern California


Logger Steve Johnson walks over hundreds of trees that are piled on... News PhotoAccidents and Disasters,Beetle,California,Close To,Closed,Congress,Evacuation,Extreme Weather,Fire - Natural Phenomenon,Firefighter,Flood,Forest,Forest Fire,Heat - Temperature,Journey,Lake Arrowhead,Longhorn Beetle,Lumber Industry,Lumberjack,Nature,Plant Bark,Rain,Rescue Worker,Residential District,Road,Torrential Rain,Tree,USA,Walking,WeatherPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2005 Getty ImagesLAKE ARROWHEAED, CA - AUGUST 01: Logger Steve Johnson walks over hundreds of trees that are piled on top of closed State Highway 173 which is normally one of only three major evacuation routes out of the area on August 1, 2005 near Lake Arrowhead, California. The trees, killed by a plague of pine beetles, are being removed as an emergency action to lessen a dangerous wildfire threat but Johnson complains that blocking the highway is a threat to residents. Last winter was one of the wettest on record, dropping 90 inches of rain in some southern California mountain areas and creating the thickest vegetation growth in memory, and damaging more than 2,000 miles of fire access roads used to protect 2.3 million acres of forests. In addition to the many thousands of trees killed by a massive pine beetle infestation, newly grown vegetation is drying up under triple-digit temperatures and raising fears of a repeat of the devastating fire season of 2003. President Bush signed an emergency funding bill in May allocating $25 million to fix roads in southern California?s national forests but Congress has acted slower than expected in providing the money so some of the repairs might not be done until October. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)