Fire is part of the forest’s natural process and vegetation starts to grow back immediately afterwards. Being so close to roads and structures, the BLM started working on re-vegetation right away to get a quicker start and prevent mud slides and soil erosion. Even before all the fire was extinguished, a mixture of “hydro-mulch” and native grass seeds were dispersed on the hillsides using crop dusting planes. The BLM’s re-vegetation effort cost $1.5 million. Years later, the standing burnt trees are the only signs of the burn. The pinion and juniper will take decades to return.
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