*A little side note: Guam has essentially two seasons-the dry season and the wet season.
Right now we're just starting to really get into the dry season, so several wild fires have popped up these last several weeks. How do they start? I'm not really sure. Some people speculate that either hunters or someone else is setting them on purpose, or when people burn their garbage ash and debris are causing a fire to ignite. Either way, they can be pretty big and there's really no way to stop them except to let them run their course.
Well, we had a hike scheduled to go to Nimitz Hill this last Sunday to explore a waterfall. On Saturday, I'm driving back with some friends from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (excellent movie FYI) and I see this huge flame far off in the distance. I instantly knew it was a fire. It had been burning all day and you could even see it from the dorms even though it was miles and miles away. I then hopped on Facebook (my only connection to the real world back home) and saw that this was a wild fire on Nimitz Hill. At first I didn't even connect the dots, but then I was like "Wow, hike's going to be cancelled tomorrow" and I was pretty bummed. But, the hike WASN'T cancelled!
For the most part the fire was out by Sunday. There were a couple spots where it was still going strong, and from different parts of our hike we could see those spots, but they were still pretty far away from us. Going through an area where fires had taken out all of the land was a very strange experience. Everything was black and we ended up covered in ash. Even though the fire cleared most of the brush out, it was still by far the hardest hike I've been on so far on Guam largely in part due to all of the ridges. The waterfalls that we got to see where pretty cool, but they weren't very strong considering there hasn't been much rain. The pictures I took definitely don't capture the experience like it was in person, but I hope you enjoy either way!