Right now, and in the coming weeks, commercial and amateur mushroom hunters will scour hills from Northern California to Alaska, land ravaged by fires last summer and fall.
“Sometimes we call it ‘chasing the burns,’ ” mushroom enthusiast Kevin Sadlier says, in search of the black morel mushrooms that grow in the springtime after a forest fire.
He’s exploring Lake County, Calif., a couple of hours northeast of San Francisco. Last September’s Valley Fire – one of the most destructive in California history – changed the face of these hills, once thick with pine and fir trees.
Read about ‘the chase’ with The Salt.