Cougar Creek Fire Burn Area Emergency Response Report Issued

Report says 98 percent of soils burned at low to moderate levels

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WENATCHEE, WA.- Preparations are underway to mitigate possible impacts to watersheds within the area burned by the Cougar Creek Fire. The fire continues to burn and is currently 79 percent contained but work has begun to identify those areas that are most vulnerable to future storm runoff.

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Area burned by Cougar Creek Fire. Photo provided by INCIWEB

Molly Hanson heads up the US Forest Service Burn Area Emergency Response team which recently completed their survey of the 43-thousand acre burn area. Hansen says the survey found that 98 percent of the soils burned at moderate or lower severity. She discussed those findings at a public meeting in Entiat last night . . .

Hanson cautioned that there are areas of higher burn intensity where they will be focusing on emergency road and trail drainage efforts . . .

The model used by the BAER team measures rain events of a half inch of moisture per hour. Hanson says the survey results are looking favorable. She reports seeing intact plant roots and soils that are able to hold water at normal or near normal levels.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.