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.
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.