The fire is burned immediately adjacent to where another brush fire occurred last year. The source of this fire is under investigation.
We urge visitors to be especially careful with fires and cigarettes at their campsites as conditions are very dry and very windy.
If you're looking hoping for a repeat of recent spring blooms in Death Valley, I'm sorry to say that it won't be this year. It takes big, late winter rains to launch the flowers, and this year the heart of Death Valley has received but a quarter inch of rain this year. There's no magic number that I know of when it comes to how much rain will result in a bloom, but something tells me it's got to be more than a quarter of an inch.
However, the least I can do is leave you with a look at one of Death Valley's famous Spring bloom from last year.
On March 15, 2007, the United States Department of the Interior's Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) issued an order in what has become known locally as the White Swan case. In its decision, the IBLA "Affirmed in Part; Reversed in Part" the cessation order issued by the Ridgecrest Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). While we are still reviewing the seventeen page ruling in case IBLA 2004-204, below is the concluding paragraph summaryizing the IBLA's "Order".