Biggest tree of its type survives.Byline: Bill Bishop The Register-Guard
CORRECTION (ran 10/30/03): The size of the nation's largest known Rocky Mountain Douglas fir Douglas fir: see pine.
Any of about six species of coniferous evergreen timber trees (see conifer) that make up the genus Pseudotsuga, in the pine family, native to western North America and eastern Asia. tree was incorrect in a story on Page B2 on Monday. The tree, located near Mount Jefferson Mount Jefferson is a common name for mountains in the United States, usually referring to Thomas Jefferson, the country's third president. The mountains include:
Name State County Coordinates USGS 7. , is 26 feet, 4 inches in circumference.
CORRECTION (ran 10/28/03): The B & B Complex fire in August burned more than 90,000 acres near Sisters and along Highway 20 over Santiam Pass Santiam Pass (el. 4817 ft.) is a mountain pass in the Cascade Range in central Oregon in the United States. It is located on the border between Linn and Jefferson counties, about 18 mi (29 km) . A story on Page 2B Monday had the fire's location wrong.
The biggest Rocky Mountain Douglas fir tree in the nation survived the B and B Complex fire east of Lowell this summer - but just barely.
"The trees around it are all torched," said Mark Corbet, a smoke jumper This article is about the novel. For firefighters, see smokejumper.
Smoke Jumper is a novel by Nicholas Evans published in 2001. who nominated nom·i·nate
tr.v. nom·i·nat·ed, nom·i·nat·ing, nom·i·nates
1. To propose by name as a candidate, especially for election.
2. To designate or appoint to an office, responsibility, or honor. the tree for listing in the register of national champion trees with a friend, Ben Benhower, several years ago.
Benhower, also a firefighter, hiked 2 1/2 hours to reach the tree after the B and B Complex cooled off.
"He says it burned up the bark to the limbs, but didn't seem to be damaged. Maybe a little bit may have burned out of the top. It looks like it made it," Corbet said.
The tree is not large by Douglas Fir standards, but as a specimen of the subspecies subspecies, also called race, a genetically distinct geographical subunit of a species. See also classification. , it's the biggest. Measured 4 1/2 feet off the ground, the tree is 26 feet, 4 inches in diameter and stands 139 feet tall with an average canopy spread of 55 feet, Corbet said.
The tree's size may have helped spare it. Little ground cover grew in its shade and little dry wood fell from it to create fuel for the wildfire, he said.
The tree also escaped damage in two other large fires, one in 1967 and another in 1996.
Corbet and Benhower make a hobby of hiking deep into the wilderness in search of national champion trees.