April through June, 2009

The pile had wet needles in it and burned very slowly. 10 hours later, most of the wet wood on the surface had burned but the needles were still frozen masses around the periphery, with unknown amounts remaining below. By comparison, a small pile of loosely stacked branches nearby burned completely in 6 hours and the large pile we burned March 25 was ashes within 8 hours. It snowed heavily through the night and next day; 24 hours later this burn was still smoldering. A record-setting 4½ feet of snow over the next 4 weeks helped put it out.