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My fire story: Nature is full of surprises

My fire story: Nature is full of surprises
Resting firefighters, clad in orange, from a distance looked like colorful flora to La Cañada hiker Reg Green. (Photo by Reg Green)

Early in the morning on the day when the first signs of the La Tuna fire appeared, I was coming back from my usual hike on the trail that starts at the Angeles National Forest fire station on Angeles Crest Highway when I saw in the distance that a small hillside that usually has only a few pink flowers on it in spring was now — at the very end of summer— dotted in orange-colored growths.

My heart leaped.

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"What a wonderful place this is to live," I thought, as I have often thought before. "Nature here is so full of surprises."

As I got closer, I saw more clearly what they were: tired firefighters stretched out on the ground.

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Reg Green lives in La Cañada. His website is www.nicholasgreen.org.

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