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The Bootleg Fire may be over, but the impacts will be felt for some time

A smoke column shows the air conditions during Oregon's Bootleg Fire on July 18.
A smoke column shows the air conditions during Oregon's Bootleg Fire on July 18.

Scientists from the U.S. Forest Service have analyzed the soil in the area burned by the Bootleg Fire for danger of erosion. The Klamath Tribes are concerned that the rainy season will bring large amounts of sediment and nutrients from the burn area into the Upper Klamath Lake, which is already having problems with toxic algae blooms. Alex Schwartz, environmental reporter for the Klamath Falls Herald and News and Report For America, wrote about all this in a recent article.

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