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By Andi Bourne

Minimizing the Impact – Repairing the Damage


October 12, 2017

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

An excavator repairs one of the staging/parking areas off the road to Morrell Falls (Forest Road 4353) by scratching the soil surface to reduce compaction and placing large woody debris. While the terms repair and rehab are often used interchangeably, repair refers to mitigating damage created by suppression activities. Rehab is the actions taken to address the environmental damage caused by the fire.

SEELEY LAKE – Even though the flames and smoke subsided, Diane Hutton's Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team spent the majority of their time repairing firelines and suppression sites. When they turned the fire management back to the Seeley Lake Range District Oct. 3, 122 miles of lines and 322 sites damaged from suppression activities had been repaired.

Each of the five teams that managed the Rice Ridge Fire were briefed on the Lolo National Forest's suppression and repair preferences. One of the general recommendations is to not build any line that cannot be held. The Lolo a...

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