An assessment into the damage from the August 2015 Twin Creeks fire on land owned by the Kodiak Island Borough has determined that many of the area’s trees will likely die.
The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that the borough hired Joe Stanley of Washington state-based NorthWind Forest Consultants to inspect the borough’s 800 acres of damaged land near Chiniak.
Stanley assessed 10 percent of the property’s trees and graded them on visible damage. According to his report, 90 percent of the area’s trees sustained substantial damage in the crowns, while one-fourth had substantial damage to the roots. Nearly half the trees were found to have significant damage to the boles.
Stanley estimates that about 6,100 trees, or less than 10 percent, were left undamaged by the blaze.