Rehabilitation efforts begin for NM fire areas

Posted at: 07/31/2013 8:36 AM
Updated at: 07/31/2013 8:43 AM

The higher humidity is making fighting the Jemez fire easier.

Crews will begin working on burnout operations this week. The stable fire is burning 170 acres and at one percent contained.

Also beginning this week, the Forest Service scheduled a helicopter to drop large amounts of straw mulch over the Tres Lagunas burn scar north of Pecos.

Ten tractor trailers loaded with straw will be used every day. The fire scorched more than 10,000 acres.

At the Silver Fire burn scar, seeding operations were completed days ago and crews say they'll finish mulching within the next few days. Approximately 11,500 acres of high burn severity were seeded with 2,800 acres mulched. 

Seeding reduces negative effects to downstream life, property, and infrastructure by reducing erosion and water runoff.