In addition, there are many potential hazards associated with post-wildfire areas such as the following:
Trees and snags Obviously burned or compromised trees have a high potential of falling but also unburned trees may be more susceptible to falling if they've lost the shelter and support from neighboring trees. Be very cautious during windy conditions.
Rocks The dislodging and falling of rocks is another significant risk, especially in steep sloped areas such as the breaks and grasslands of Craig Mountain.
Unstable ground Soils will be more unstable after a wildfire when they've lost the stability from plants and trees. This may result in less stable hiking conditions or even may lead to landslides, especially during or after a heavy rain event.
Root wells After a wildfire has burned through a forested or shrubby area, sometimes the root system of shrubs and trees are also burned out leaving a void that may still be covered by ash and debris.
All the county, state, and federal agencies sincerely appreciate your patience through this fire and the associated closure period.
Contact the regional office (208) 799-5010 or visit us on Facebook at Idaho Fish and Game Clearwater Region for a more information concerning the Big Cougar Fire.