Although the line around the fire area encompasses about 531 acres, the amount burned within that is about 80 percent, says Greg Kuyumjian, forest hydrologist.
Because of the smoke, mapping the actual burned acreage becomes challenging, Kuyumjian
says.Exact numbers aren't usually known until later in the fire, he
What type of vegetation to plant if any is selected, Kuyumjian
Before anything is planted, the soil is measured.The differentiating temperatures can burn vapors that may be sucked into the soil, banding soil particles together so that the soil is literally waterproof, Kuyumjian
The water beads up on the soil like wax on a car.Usually the water works its way down two or three centimeters into the ground.When water remains on the soil's surface between 20 to 30 seconds, it is considered very hydrophobic.Kuyumjian
worked the Los Alamos, N.M., fire and said he
saw soil that water took between two to three minutes to seep into.Los Alamos redefined the way hydrologists take on the rehab process, he
will begin spot checking the soil on Thursday.A full-scale rehab probably won't be necessary, he
Some rehab treatments include laying down trees in a stair step fashion to prevent erosion, and replanting.But with the steepness of slopes, Kuyumjian
not sure how extensive the rehab will be.
"This place wasn't a safe place to walk before it burned," he
The only concern is that ash and debris may travel down to the Glenwood Springs and Colorado Department of Transportation Grizzly Creek rest area aqueduct about six miles south of the fire.
"It's very difficult or nearly impossible to get ash out of water ... and the ash may float that far," Kuyumjian
is keeping closely in touch with Glenwood Springs water officials to prevent any water pollution.