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Past Wildfires to Cause Severe Erosions

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Washington - The effects of last year's wildfires have the potential to cause major erosion problems around the Okanogan National Forest area.

It's going to take a hundred and fifty truck loads of straw to manage the potential erosion problems, and several forest area roads will be closed to do it.

The Burned Area Emergency Response Team is focusing mainly on theTtripod Fire area that burned around 150,000 acres of land last July.

The ground there lost a large amount of vegetation and the soil is now vulnerable to erosion.  To protect down stream resources and property, bails of straw transported from Baker City Oregon, will be aerial lifted, then dropped on steeper, severely burned slopes.

Several areas will be closed over the next few weeks around the Okanogan National Forest.  

The three areas that will be closed include: 1) Beaver and Lightning Creek drainage's, including the Starvation Mountain Road 4235, 2) the Boulder Creek drainage, including the 37 road from Bromas Creek to Roger Lake, and the 39 road from Tiffany Springs to the 37 road junction, and 3) the west side of Tiffany Mountain, including the 39 road as described above and the 37 road from Baldy Pass to the 39 road near Roger Lake. 

Recreationists, including personal and commercial mushroom collectors are asked to comply with signs, gates and barricades in the areas.  An updated list of closures will soon be listed at