Tons of straw are being dropped on Mount Charleston in the hopes that it will spur vegetation growth and prevent flooding. (FOX5)
MT. CHARLESON (FOX5) -
The rehabilitation of Mount Charleston following this summer's Carpenter 1 fire continues.
Tons of straw mulch is being dropped on burned areas. The idea is the straw will boost vegetation growth and prevent flooding.
The U.S. Forest Service began the $297,000 project this past weekend, transporting 1,300 pounds of straw per trip and unloading it to nine burned areas, starting with the Rainbow subdivision.
"With the landscape that we have here, we're getting some moisture with precipitation. The moisture gets sucked up by the straw instead of running down the hill as it hits the ground," said Matthew Gill, an inspector with Black Mountain Hot Shots.
More than two months since the wildfire, damage is still visible. However, there are signs of new life on the mountain.
Only about 20 percent of the affected areas have been covered with mulch so far. Strong winds have delayed the process.
"We are experiencing some weather delays. Safety is always our concern, especially with helicopter drop operations," said Mike Papa with the U.S. Forest Service.
The plan is to have all nine burned areas covered in straw mulch over the next three days.
Thursday, August 21 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-08-21 05:54:23 GMT
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