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:
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.