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Forest Service Briefs Federal Lands Advisory Group

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By Brandon Redmond

Burley, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Federal Lands Advisory Group met in Burley Thursday evening. One of the major talking points at the meeting was the recovery from this season’s wildfires.

Scott Nannenga from the forest service briefed the group about the wildfire recovery process Thursday evening. One of the major hazards following wildfires is the potential for flash flooding along the burn scars.

“We’ve finished are basic recovery. Which is usually just to make sure that there are no flash flood events or something that threatens roads, infrastructure or private property,” said Scott Nannenga with the Forest Service.

The Forest Service is now busy rebuilding fences and rehabilitating the land for grazing.

“Where we are now is looking at rebuilding fences so that the grazing permitees can get back out there the next couple of years. We have a policy of resting for two years after wildfire to let the vegetation recover," said Scott Nannenga.

How to pay for the recovery efforts was one of the questions that came about during the meeting.

“This is probably going to be national money that comes from the national office or the regional office in Ogden,” said Scott Nannenga.

Recovery efforts will continue through the winter and into the spring months. Officials are hoping for a better fire season next year but say forecasts aren't optimistic. During the off season, the Forest Service will continue to prepare for next year’s season. The service says they are already working to hire their staff for next year.



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