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Sunrise Fire

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Missoula, MT 59804

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What is "suppression repair"?

Sunrise Fire Wildfire
News – 9/10/2017

The overall objective of suppression repair is to repair damage caused by the fire suppression activities, and to return the affected area to pre-fire conditions as nearly as possible. Work is specifically designed to minimize surface and gully erosion, minimize sediment delivery to stream channels, restore conditions to pre-fire drainage patterns, minimize loss of soil productivity due to potential erosion in cleared areas, and minimize the introduction or spread of noxious weed infestations. The goal of water barring fire lines is to drain water off the fire line and prevent concentrated flow and ultimately soil erosion. The goal of removing berms on dozer lines is to eliminate water channeling effect. The goal of repairing roads is to return drainage elements to functioning stable condition so that they effectively route water off of the road, minimize erosion and repair damaged driving surfaces.