The Toomer’s Oaks have made it through the flames before, but Sunday morning’s fire was the first the trees have endured since being poisoned in late 2010. And they apparently didn’t endure it very well.
From a Mon. afternoon post to the AU’s official Toomer’s Oaks update page:
The Oaks at Toomer’s Corner were damaged by fire early Sunday morning. Members of the Trees Task Force examined the trees Monday morning and found significant damage to both oaks and to several plants adjacent to the plaza. The Trees Task Force will post an update about the fire damage next week. The Auburn Police Division is investigating the incident.
Due to its heavy bark “live oak is typically a species that does withstand fire pretty well,” says AU Horticulture professor Dr. Joe Eakes. “But anytime you’ve got plants in that kind of stress, any kind of detrimental action, be it drought or fire or whatever, they’d certainly be more susceptible to problems.”
Sunday’s incident was the second time in just over two years the oaks have caught fire after being rolled. The blaze that engulfed the toilet paper left in the trees after the 2010 Auburn-Georgia game was actually the result of three separate fire incidents.
The oaks also caught fire after the 2007 Iron Bowl (video).
More on the the Toomer’s Oaks: Toomer’s Corner rollings didn’t start with Punt, Bama, Punt, says History / Did Auburn students celebrate Bear Bryant’s death by rolling Toomer’s Corner?
* Watch the play that cost Auburn the 1974 Iron Bowl
* The Eagles’ Joe Walsh in an Auburn shirt
* Auburn’s banned 1979 student recruitment poster
* Only undefeated Triple Crown winner owned by Auburn grads
* Elvis says “War Eagle”
* Alabama in Auburn gear
* Diagram of a 1983 Auburn student
* That OTHER time they burned the Glom
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My guess is that the damage is due to the small (highly flammable) jungles that have been allowed to grow at the base of each tree.
My guess is that it is due to the small brain of the person who lit the fire.
And by “caught” fire you mean “set ablaze by a pyro.”
Fire is another reason to replace these trees with some indestructible permanent memorial trees.
Regardless of what we put back, we need to install some overhead irrigation / fire suppression for the safety of all.
There seems to be no shortage of idiots/pyros/what-have-you that are willing to do something to Auburn’s oaks. We live in awful times where it seems that Alabama’s resident poisoner gets away with his crime. What deterrent is there to stop the next? The court system of Alabama sits silent and broken.
Johnny Real says
Or you could just plant real trees and find something else to roll.