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Scientists Called to Scene of Utah Wildfires

Scientists Called to Scene of Utah Wildfires

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NEPHI, Utah (AP) -- Teams of scientists are the newest crews assigned to Utah lands charred by wildfire.

The Burned Area Emergency Response team is working around the clock to assess the damage caused by fires and figure out how to stabilize the burned land.

Extinguishing the fire may mark the end for firefighting crews, but new problems can arise if a recovery plan isn't quickly put in place.

With no vegetation on hillsides the threat of flash flooding increases. Floods and mudslides can threaten roads, property and watersheds.

The recovery teams can install channels to direct run off from scarred slopes or move quickly to reseed areas before fall.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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