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Alpine takes steps to prevent mudslides following fire

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Sep. 20, 2012 at 8:35 a.m.



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ALPINE — Alpine leaders are taking steps to prevent mudslides like those in Saratoga Springs from happening in their city.

Several weeks ago, heavy rainstorm made a muddy mess of the burn scar from the Dump Fire in Saratoga Springs. The mud flowed through the Jacob's Ranch neighborhood, destroying basements and yards as it headed toward Utah Lake.

In Alpine, the Quail Fire burned more than 2,200 acres. The Daily Herald reports city crews have been placing jersey barriers and boulders to help control potential mud flows from the burn scar.

The city is also accepting bids for construction of dikes in the Box Elder subdivision and inlets nearby. The cost of these measures and re-seeding will likely total $400,000. About $300,000 of that is expected to be paid for by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Some people in the community are volunteering time and equipment to help in the preparations.

The cause of the Quail Fire and who is responsible for it hasn't been determined yet. It was declared 100-percent contained on July 11.

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