PAROWAN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Helicopters dropped seed in the area burned by the massive Brian Head Fire in southern Utah.
As part of a $3 million rehabilitation treatment, pilots put seeds and mulch on 6,000 acres that burned the hottest during the June fire.
Dixie National Forest plans to drop over 215,000 pounds of seed before laying down 250 semi-truck loads of straw.
Crews hope the seeds will sprout in the spring and prevent rock slides and flooding after heavy rains.
“These drops will help prevent erosion above some of our major watersheds and hopefully protecting our surrounding towns from major flooding,” Dixie National Forest Spokesperson Cigi Burton said.
The Division of Wildlife Resources will drop more seeds on about 20,000 acres to help growth on the burn scar in the fall.