The Smith River Burned Area Emergency Response team says the work helps determine how dangerous burned areas are after a fire.
It can predict how severe certain weather events, like flash flooding, can affect the area.
Forest service officials say luckily, over half the area burned by the smith river complex is considered low danger.
“On the smith river complex we found that around 51 percent of the burned area as low or very low soil burn severity,” said BAER team member Rob Ballard. “These areas experienced low severity fire that did not heavily impact the soil.”
Ballard says the areas with lower severity are at a lower risk of flooding compared to the severely burned areas.
He said no matter the soil burn severity, you should always monitor road conditions and avoid recreating in burned areas during severe weather.
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