Last Wednesday, on the hottest day in Seattle history, the Montlake Fill caught fire. My first view of the burn area was on Saturday, and I went again this morning. Photos on Flickr.
The fire was quickly controlled, and there will be no lasting damage. It'll ultimately be good for the landscape, though it burned a future Garry Oak grove (the seedlings were in PVC pipes) and through the heart of the Hooded Ladies Tresses Orchid population. The birds don't appear to mind at all (the fire occurred past nesting season), and the finches are having a field day gleaning the seeds on the bare ground.
I'm quite taken with the look of the landscape there now, and it's going to be fascinating to watch the changes take place over the next couple of years. I think I've got a photo project on my hands.