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Jun 27, 2011 5:44 PM

Response team working to restore damage done by Horseshoe 2 Fire

PORTAL - Although the Horseshoe 2 Fire is now 100 percent contained, work is just beginning on restoring and stabilizing the area to prevent further damage from flooding and erosion.

The Burned Area Emergency Response Team has released a map depicting the final severity of burned soil, showing where treatments will be necessary to help slow the flow of water and mud slides.

"The task of evaluating the values-of-risk is a very time-consuming and methodical process," said BAER Team Leader, Marc Stamer. He added, "We are dealing with a fire that is over 222,000 acres in size with 27 different watersheds that were burned. Each watershed needs to be assessed and analyzed to ensure that any proposed stabilization treatments will be effective."

The BAER will use methods such as mulching, sandbags, concrete barriers, diversion ditches, debris basins and silt fencing to minimize the risk of excessive runoff and soil erosion.

"It is important that the treatments we plan to implement are appropriate and effective with regards to having the potential to minimize runoff and erosion," Stamer said. "We don't want to propose a treatment that could exacerbate the runoff."

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