Recent flooding brings more burn area restoration work

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Recent flooding brings more burn area restoration work

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by Andrea Lutz

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Posted on September 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 12:32 AM

BOISE -- A short, but intense rain event Thursday created numerous flash floods in the Elk Fire Complex along the South Fork Boise River area from Granite Creek, extending east of the Anderson Ranch Dam to Fall Creek.

This recent flooding does have an impact on restoration efforts from our summer's big fire burns.

Those with the Burn Area Emergency Response Team said there are plans in place for restoration work on our area's major fires, but now there is more work.

Team Leader TJ Clifford said Thursday in Elmore County a quarter inch of rain fell in 45 minutes, which may not seem like a lot, but it caused a lot of damage.

The team decides where the value areas are like roads and homes then moves forward.

Clifford said for this summer’s Elk and Pony Complex fires crews will place mulch and seeding on the hillside, then look at how they can stabilize the roads.

However the public must also have awareness.

“We proposed a lot of road treatments (like I said) to improve the treatments on those roads signage to educate the public and the residents who are driving down those roads make sure that they stay safe and stay clear of not parking in drainages,” said Clifford.

Clifford also said their work can't prevent the event from happening, but it can minimize or reduce more frequent flooding events.

The flooding also impacts wildfire and drivers could see more deer on the roadways because they have moved away from the burn area to find vegetation.

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