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Soda's Devastating Toll

A final report from the Soda Fire ES&R team, including recommendations and funding requests, is due to BLM officials by Monday, Sept. 13, 21 days after the fire's containment.

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When the Bureau of Land Management began compiling the devastation caused by the Soda Fire, two questions leapt to the forefront: No. 1, How much will it cost to rehabilitate the hundreds of thousands of acres burned? No. 2. How long could it possibly take?

By the time wildland firefighters contained the blaze, 279,144 acres along the Idaho/Oregon border had burned—40,138 of those acres were private property, including nearly 600 miles of highways and roads (many of them primitive) and 592 miles of fences.

Below are some of the other critical losses:

5 watersheds

208 springs

49 miles of trails, non-motorized

47 miles of trails, ATV/motorcycle

199 miles of trails, 4WD

4 recreation sites (day use)

35 mining sites

140 streams with redband trout habitat

243,294 acres of sage grouse habitat

141,000 acres of bighorn sheep habitat

29,317 acres of mule deer winter habitat

26,610 acres of pronghorn winter habitat

68 golden eagle nests

Additionally, an emergency round-up of wild horses in the burned area has commenced.

The Soda Fire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation team also identified four potential hazmat sites.

A final report from the Soda Fire ES&R team, including recommendations and funding requests, is due to BLM officials by Monday, Sept. 13, 21 days after the fire's containment.

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