State land rehab plan for Soda Fire area released
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has released a rehab plan for the land burned in the Soda Fire.
The more than 450-square-mile fire burned parts of Owyhee County and Jordan Valley, Oregon. KTVB-TV reports the rehabilitation plan includes ground and aerial seeding, as well as planting of sage brush, and erosion control work. Erosion is a big concern because fall and winter rain and snow can wash away the soil the fire exposed.
Jessica Gardetto with the National Interagency Fire Center says they will be planting grass and trying to stabilize soil as soon as possible. Growing more sage brush is particularly important because some key Greater Sage Grouse habitat was lost to the Soda Fire. Gardetto says the work is being done not just to help the wildlife but for the people who depend on this land for their livelihood.