Rocky Knob got a flaming heart for Valentine’s Day. Fueled by high winds, 60-100 acres of the south slope burned well into the night. By Tuesday morning, most of the fire was out. Crews still worked to back burn near residential areas. Fortunately, all houses escaped the flames. In some areas the fire was within a few feet of back decks. Snow still lingered on the northern slopes and the fire only damaged a small slice of the upper knob on the park side. Only minor damage was apparent when I walked the property on Tuesday.
After a long winter, the mountain is beginning to see some action again. Phase 1 will be completed at some point this spring. Volunteer trail days will resume on Thursday, March 3. Phase 2 of the park, which has been awarded to Benchmark Trails (benchmarktrails.com) will begin in March with an estimated completion by late summer. Stay tuned for more details as they unfold.
We are also looking for interns for the spring and summer. If you are a student at ASU and need to complete an internship or practicum (especially in recreation management or geography) contact me soon (firstname.lastname@example.org).