Fire aftermath will last for decades

The fierce Valley Fire that struck Cobb Mountain and Hidden Valley Lake not only burned hundreds of homes but thousands of towering pines and oaks. According to scientist and tree expert Greg Giusti of the University of California, many of the oaks and pines that burned were 80 years or older. In fact, some of the oaks could have been 150 years old. According to Giusti, for those homeowners who choose to rebuild it will be decades for newly planted trees to grow to 20 feet or higher. He said that Cobb Mountain won’t look the same in our lifetime.