BLM Releases Long List of Soda Fire's Devastating Toll 

click to enlarge The view of the Soda Fire from space, which burned the Idaho/Oregon border in mid-August 2015. - NASA
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  • The view of the Soda Fire from space, which burned the Idaho/Oregon border in mid-August 2015.
The fallout from the Soda Fire, this summer's largest blaze in southern Idaho, is just now coming into focus. The Bureau of Land Management has issued a report from its emergency stabilization and rehabilitation team, and the numbers are staggering:

Total acres burned: 279,144
Total private property acres burned: 40,138
Fences destroyed: 592 miles
Roads/highway scorched: 66 miles
Primitive roads scorched: 518 miles
Trails scorched, non-motorized: 49 miles
Trails scorched, ATV/motorcycle: 47 miles
Trails scorched/4WD: 199 miles
Recreation sites (day use) burned: 4
Mining sites burned: 35
Potential hazmat site: 3

And the destruction to natural resources is even more stunning:

Cultural sites burned: 16
Areas of critical environmental concern: 5
Watersheds damaged: 5
Springs damaged: 209
Sage-grouse habitat burned: 189,873 acres
Bighorn Sheep habitat burned: 141,000 acres
Mule deer winter habitat burned: 29,317 acres
Pronghorn winter habitat burned: 26,610 acres
Golden eagle nests burned: 68

A final report, including recommendations and funding requests, is expected to be filed by Monday, Sept. 13—21 days after the fire's full containment.




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