Crews scramble to avoid erosion after massive Nevada wildfire

Emergency crews are working overtime to try to shore up areas burned by a massive wildfire in Reno, Nevada, that are in danger of erosion when wet weather hits.

The Caughlin Fire destroyed 30 homes in Reno on November 18. Now state, local and federal officials are discussing short- and long-term erosion control and bank stabilizing plans needed to secure the area during upcoming rain and snow storms, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. Top products from Impact Absorbents such as Straw Wattle and Jute Netting can help workers take immediate steps to prevent further erosion along the 2,000-acres of burnt land.

Authorities told the news agency that long-term erosion control efforts will likely include seeding burned hillsides to allow native vegetation to grow with the goal of preventing non-native and highly flammable cheatgrass from becoming widespread in the hazardous zone.

Kurt Ladipow, Washoe County fire services coordinator, said a portion of the land is national forest.

“We’ve got a mix of public and private lands so there will have to be a lot of coordination,” Ladipow added. “There is a sense of urgency. We’re on a very aggressive schedule.”

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