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Jul 11, 2011 6:22 PM

Initial assessment of area burned by Horseshoe 2 released

SIERRA VISTA - An initial assessment of the area burned by the Horseshoe 2 Fire has been released: the fire affected a total of 222,954 acres - 12 percent is classified as high severity soil burn.

Most the affected area has low-severity soil burns - 73.7 percent, or 84,852 acres.

The Burned Area Emergency Response Team's assessment states that the areas most at risk now are system roads throughout the burned area, campgrounds near streams, and landowners downstream of burn area.

Landowners at risk include those in the following watersheds: East White Tail, Cave Creek, East Turkey and Pine Creek.

Other at-risk values following the fire include: soil productivity and watershed functioning, native plant communities, water and soil quality, the Mexican Spotted Owl habitat, and endangered aquatic species, according to the BAER Team.

For complete information on the BAER Team's findings, click here to view their presentation (.PDF format).

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