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BLM Begins Seeding After Washoe Drive Fire

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rehab of the area burned by the Washoe Drive fire begins with aerial seeding of more than 500 acres.

"It's done by helicopter."

Lisa Ross is with the Bureau of Land Management. She says the seeds will grow into native and non-native grasses and sagebrush.

"The plant species were selected based on their ability to aid in erosion control; invasive species control and be fire resistant."

Erosion danger can last for a year or two after flames are put out.

The wind-whipped Washoe Drive fire was accidentally set on January 19th by a man who improperly disposed of fireplace ashes. It destroyed 29 homes, forced about 10,000 people to evacuate and charred 3,200 acres.

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