Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Scientists Evaluate Landscape After Rough Fire

After two months of intense fire fighting the Rough Fire in the Kings Canyon watershed is 95 percent contained. It was one of the state’s largest, consuming over 15,000 acres in national park and forest land. Some 3800 firefighters fought the blaze in the steep and rugged terrain. As the remaining fire crews extinguish hot spots and mop up, attention is now turning to post fire situation. This week the forest service released a soil burn severity map to identify areas of concern for increased water runoff and soil erosion. That map will help park officials take actions to mitigate potential problems. Pacifica reporter Vic Bedoian joined forest service scientists as they surveyed the site of the fire and files this report.