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BAER Team Finds Very Little High Burn Severity Of The Soil During The Tunnel Fire

Tunnel Fire Soil Map

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The BAER crew that studied the Tunnel Fire released their burn severity map Tuesday. Officials say 24-percent of the fire is unburned, with 67-percent having low severity. Eight-percent was at a moderate severity and just eleven acres out over 19-thousand was high soil burn severity. Moderate and high soil burn severity can alter or damage physical, chemical, and biological soil properties resulting in increased runoff, erosion, and negative effects to soil productivity. Resource specialists will continue to identify threats to National Forest resources and assess risks to those resources with draft treatment recommendations to mitigate identified by Friday morning.