The Rim Fire
During the second year of a serious drought, the end of August and early September brought a major forest fire, the Rim Fire, to our area. It burned 250,000 acres, through our beautiful National Forest, including the vicinity of Sunset Inn, and into Yosemite. We are so fortunate that our property was spared, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of some very heroic firefighters! The surrounding forest as well as a portion of Yosemite were hard hit in many areas, thankfully our spot remains a rather miraculous oasis.
The fire will have long lasting effects on the region, essentially changed for many years to come. The good news is restoration and reforestation efforts are already under way throughout the area! Here at Sunset Inn, we are raising seedlings and have begun to replant areas adjacent to our property. Much help is needed, and we plan to offer our guests the opportunity to get involved and 'plant a tree'.
The tremendous outpouring of love and support we've received from our dear friends and wonderful guests the world over, has been truly heartwarming! Thank you so much!!!
Rim Fire Update
July 31, 2014
It is nearly a year since the Rim Fire began, and restoration efforts are now underway in our area. The current project involves logging of hazard trees from roadways and power lines, making the best use of these natural resources while clearing the forest floor of further fuels. So far what we’ve seen in our vicinity we consider to be conscientious logging, which entails considerable cleanup of the remaining slash, leaving the forest accessible to wildlife and humans alike. We certainly hope this exemplary form of responsible logging continues. The unavoidable consequence of logging however is the noise, and they do get started early. This is quite a departure from the usual peace and quiet of Sunset Inn. Fortunately since loggers get started early in the day to beat the heat, it works out well for our guests who want to beat the crowds in Yosemite. And, they usually finish up early, by about 3 pm, so our evenings are peaceful once again. The logging in our area is expected to be short term as the workers move on up the mountain. Naturally this is something we have no control over. Fortunately it has not been much of a concern for our guests thus far.