Reseeding the Burn Scar
Aerial seeding of the Dump Fire burn scar is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on Tuesday October 23rd. It should take 3 or 4 days to complete. The seed batch being used is specifically mixed by state wildlife biologists to not only provide wildlife habitat through restoration in the burned areas, but also to provide erosion control and reduce the risk of future wildfires.
Once the helicopters have dispersed the initial seed, bulldozers will drag huge chains across the area "chaining" to help bury seed by breaking up the crust on the soil that forms after wildfires and inhibits water penetration. The Chaining is scheduled to begin on October 29th and may take 2 to 3 weeks to complete.
Finally, an inhibitor will be applied to keep Cheatgrass, a nasty nonnative plant that overtakes native species and encourages wildfire, from returning to the area. Establishing native vegetation will help to control the Cheatgrass and encourage plants that benefit wildlife and provide fire and erosion control. One important ingredient needed is water, and a wet spring is critical to allow the native grasses and shrubs to establish.
Do Not Disturb the Reseeded Area
It is important to note that disturbance of the reseeded areas need to be kept to a minimum to maximize the success of this operation. Motorized vehicles should be kept out of these areas until the native vegetation is firmly established. Questions regarding the reseeding operation should be referred to the City Engineer.