Emergency Gila fire rehab work completed

Signal Fire 15 percent contained

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – Emergency rehabilitation work is now complete in an area of the Gila National Forest that was charred by wildfire earlier this year.

The burn response team has installed water bars on forest roads in an effort to prevent erosion and to help direct any runoff away from the roads.

The team also installed signs throughout the area to warn visitors of possible post-fire hazards.

Aerial seeding was also done on more than 2 square miles where the burn severity was considered high. With monsoons in full swing, officials hope the seeding will lead to more vegetative cover on the steep slopes.

The Signal Fire burned more than 8 square miles north of Silver City in May and forced the temporary closure of some forest roads and recreation sites.

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