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Thu, Nov. 14

Crews to start remediation of Goodwin Fire area

Prescott National Forest Burned officials have finished their assessment of the impacts of the Goodwin Fire, National Forest spokeswoman Debbie Maneely said, and the assessment identified areas of severe burn and potential threats to human life and safety, property, and potential threats to important cultural and natural resources.  

As part of the plan developed to manage risk, aerial seeding is planned to begin on Monday, Aug. 14.   

Approximately 2,105 tons of straw and 27,365 pounds of grass seed will be dispersed by helicopter over 2,105 acres of the burn area. The job is expected to take two to three weeks to complete.

“The grass seed mix is certified weed-free and is mostly comprised of annual grass that can germinate in just a few days with moisture,” Maneely said. “Grass growth slows runoff, reduces erosion, and improves water absorption. This treatment is very effective in restoring vegetation and reducing the impacts of runoff on values and property downstream.” 

Downstream residents should be aware that treatments will not eliminate the risk from flooding and debris flows, Maneely added. 

Those who live downstream from burned areas should be aware that the potential for flooding and debris flows increase after a fire. Even after prescribed emergency actions are implemented, the burned

area still poses a risk from potential flooding and debris flows.

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