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US Forest Service provides map of burn severity for August Complex South Zone

The August Complex Soil Burn Severity map for a half million acres in the south zone has been finalized.

Posted: Oct 11, 2020 5:24 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2020 6:09 PM

WILLOWS, Calif. - The United States Forest Service (USFS)  has issued a finalized map shows how severed the terrain has burned inside the perimeter of the South Zone of the August Complex, the largest fire in California history.

The map data is used by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team to identify areas of concern for soil erosion, accelerated surface water run-off, and debris flows that could impact human life and safety and to protect property and critical natural and cultural resources.

The map shows that over half of the 521,256 acres that are mapped out are either unburned, or have not had very much burn. 9% is considered "unburned or very low" and 43% has "low" soil burn severity.

44% of the fire asrea has been deemed "moderate" soil burn severity, and just 4% of the fire in the South Zone is considered to have "high" soil burn severity.

"The BAER team expects erosion and run-off within the August Complex-South fire area to moderately increase as a result of the fire because 48% of the burned area experienced moderate or high soil burn severity," said BAER team leaders Luke Rutten and Kendal Young.

They saind there is concern about increases in post-fire run-off from steep hill slopes that could cause increased erosion and debris flows.

August Complex Post-Fire BAER Assessment information is available by CLICKING THIS LINK.

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