Residents say holes forming, 'earth is shifting' as rain falls on Bolt Creek Fire burn scar in Washington

  • Source: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
  • Published: 11/23/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Communities that sit in the burn scar of the Bolt Creek Fire continue to worry about rainfall, snowfall and the potential for debris flows that come along with it. Grotto resident Katie Sorlien showed us Tuesday how recent wind and rainfall is carving out the land in the burn area. "This has given way since the fire," said Katie, pointing to a hillside with new erosion. "Some soil has let go. Rocks have let go." About a month ago, Katie walked us through the same area to talk about debris flows and safety concerns near the Bolt Creek Fire burn scar. She has been monitoring the situation since the fire. "It’s just a matter of how fast it’s going to flow, how far it will travel and how much it will take with it," said Katie. Since that time, Katie says holes have opened up and soils and pockets of gray clay have eroded. She says much of the damage can be found near trees and stumps, were root systems have burned, leaving gaps in the earth and unstable ground behind.


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