Monsoon Special 2012: Wallow fire recap and fire season outlook

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by Brittney Shipp

azfamily.com

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 7:05 AM

The Wallow Fire charred over 500,000 acres last summer. It's the largest fire in Arizona history and nearly one year later,  the road to recovery continues.

Jim Zornes, Apache Site-graves Forest Supervisor says, since most of the trees are dead, vegetation charred, and the organic matter was striped from the soil, the next step to recovery is to seed the burned areas. 

The Forest service plans on using non-native plants like oat grass to hold soil moisture in place during thunderstorms until the native plants return and new seedlings can grow.

The process is a slow one, taking a least a decade for full recovery.

The outlook for this year's wildfire season is shows a greater than normal chance for fire around most of the state, because of abnormally dry winters.

With the arrival of the monsoon, the danger will shift from extremely dry conditions to flooding concerns due to the burned floor bed.

Forest officials warn,  the soil is not ready for strong storms and the wrong kind of rain will lead to  potential flooding. They recommend people living in the burn areas pay close attention to the weather this monsoon. 
 

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