Fire damage to Doug Fir
Two 100-foot Doug Firs in my back yard were recently (2 weeks ago) damaged by a neighbor's garage fire. Flames shot up the entire height of the trees before firefighters were able to put out the blaze. The branches on that side of the trees were scorched and have been dropping needles every since. Who can I consult with an expertise in Doug Fir fire damage to determine if the trees will survive and are stable?
Multnomah County Oregon
Thanks. The was no damage to the base of the tree, as the fire got into the tree via branches about 10 feet up. So, the trunk is in good shape. If it helps, I have attached two pictures. One is from my street/yard looking to the north; the damage doesn't look too bad; lots of green needles, etc. However, the second picture is looking south from my neighbor's street/yard where the fire started and where the flame shot up the trees to the top. You can see the damage there is rather extensive. Any reaction to the pictures? I'm OK giving it the test of time so long as there is little risk of the tree(s) falling and causing damage to people or houses. I also would be glad to hire a doug fir expert to do an inspection if I knew who to contact. Any thoughts there? Thanks.
P.S. I saw my question and your answer in the Oregonian yesterday.
Thank you, Glenn. This is very helpful. I appreciate it.