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Blog entry by darrenjttu posted 09-13-2011 03:50 PM 1204 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Can pine trees and oaks survive a wild fire or are they totally dead. All the pine needles burned off but it looks like the trunks and main branches are ok. My MIL lost her house in the Bastrop, Texas fire last week. If the trees are going to die or are dead I might cut some down and try to make some thing out of them for her. She lost every thing.

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 06:08 PM

It is my understanding Redwood is the only tree that can go thru a fire, loose all of the needles, and survive. I assume Oak will not survive that condition either.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 06:14 PM

Some do and some don’t, if alot of the sap has come out I would say they have had it.

-- Leslie, TX

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 06:35 AM

We had a massive wild fire just a couple miles north of us a few years back. We thought maybe the trees would come back, but not so. We were told that because of the black charred bark, it is difficult to mill them and get clean lumber.

Our condolences to your mother-in-law on such a devastating loss. We hope you will be able to salvage enough to make a positive, new beginning for her.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 03:47 PM

If the bark is not burned too bad, you could wait until next spring to find out if they are going to put out
new shoots and grow again, if the bark is burned real bad, they usually can not survive. Keen Kutter and
a few other manufacturers used to make hatchets and axes with a taper on only one side of the blade,
that made it fairly easy to slice the bark off trees so you can handle them easier. Hope you can get some
good wood out of those trees that will not survive.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 09-16-2011 05:32 AM

From what I recall, trees don’t have to be burned badly to die. The heat could have severely damaged the internals.

But you won’t know for a while, at least.

Given the circumstances and purpose, it sounds like they’d make good lumber, regardless of being dead or alive.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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