Boise National Forest, Idaho — An active fire season has left 70-thousand acres of Idaho forest charred.
As fire crew get the blazes contained, emergency response teams are evaluating the burned areas for risks to life, property and wildlife habitats.
It’s expected to cost almost 2-million dollars to rehabilitate the land. Most of the money will be spent on areas burned by the Red Mountain Fire, which burned 16 miles Northeast of Lowman.
“We have a high severity burn in this area, is in an area that will have almost greater than 10 years recovery on vegetation,” said T. J. Clifford, a resource assistant at the Emmett Ranger District.
Creeks in the Red Mountain area that are home to salmon, steelhead and bull trout are threatened by erosion because of the fire. Straw mulch is being put down to provide ground cover and bring back vegetation that helps hold the soil inplace.