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Grazing Slowly Returning To Land Scorched By 2015 Soda Fire


In this 2015 file photo, provided by the Bureau of Land Management, a rangeland drill reseeds an area burned by the Soda Fire in southwest Idaho.

In this 2015 file photo, provided by the Bureau of Land Management, a rangeland drill reseeds an area burned by the Soda Fire in southwest Idaho.

Bureau of Land Management/via AP

Idaho and Oregon ranchers have just recently started to resume grazing their cattle on some of the 279,000 acres of prime range land scorched two years ago by the Soda Fire.

The fire burned 84 pastures on 40 U.S. Bureau of Land Management grazing allotments. Most of the damage was done in Owyhee County southwest of Boise, with some of it occurring near Jordan Valley, Oregon.

As part of BLM’s post-fire restoration plan, ranchers were not allowed to graze their animals on those allotments for at least two growing seasons following the blaze.

Grazing has resumed this fall on 48 affected pastures and BLM officials expect to make decisions on the remaining 36 pastures by the end of December, said Peter Torma, BLM’s Soda Fire project manager.

Read the whole story at Capital Press.

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