Planners anticipate post-fire cleanup

Hillsides being cleared of brush will make the hillsides more susceptible to mudslides. A representative of the Forest Service told KPCC's Patt Morrison that a burn team will be sent to evaluate the hillsides after the fire, preparing for the winter storm. Depending on how hot the fire burns, vegetation in the area may come back, but if the fire burned hot enough, the area may need to be reseeded or replanted.

A federal team of specialists will include soil specialists, hydrologists, archaeologists, biologists, and more. They'll come up with scientific treatments to stabilize the slope and revegetate the areas that have been burned. The fires do offer the opportunity to assess what should be in the forest and to get rid of non-native plants such as ornamental plants, ivy, and grasses.

A high priority is placed on restoring the wildlife habitat. How the area is restored depends on various factors like topography and geography. On slopes that aren't overly steep, water and seed would be mixed and spread with hoses, but in wildland areas like this, that can be ineffective, with many areas too steep to restore vegetation artificially.

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