This log is fuming.
Quite frankly it prefers water.
Instead it got incinerated by a recent blaze.
As to the culprit most point to the sky, i.e. the lack of rain.
looking in reverse,
But let’s face the facts:
Today’s swamp is cut off at its headwaters and crisscrossed with canals.
Not an act of God at all, this dry spell is largely man made.