Created: 08/07/2013 7:30 AM
By: The Associated Press
PECOS, N.M. (AP) - Federal officials say they have finished with emergency rehabilitation work on hundreds of acres charred by the Tres Lagunas Fire.
About 518 tons of straw were dropped by helicopter on part of the burn scar in the Santa Fe National Forest. The work spanned more than four days and took nearly 30 hours of flight time.
Mulch was dropped near Davis Creek, above Tres Lagunas and at the head of Soldier Creek. These areas had the highest burn severity.
The mulch will help reduce runoff and aid in seed sprouting.
Rocks, mud and other debris have also been removed from Holy Ghost Canyon.
In southern New Mexico, officials on Friday will opening the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness areas that were temporarily closed due to wildfires and post-fire effects.
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