Crews take to the air to reseed big wildfire burn area

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- Brian Burr and his chopper crews have just finished up a couple of weeks of additional work in Sunshine Canyon, where fire two years ago destroyed homes and left the land ripe for mudslides.

“Last summer the heavy rains caused flood waters and mud to flow thru homes lower in the canyon,” said Burr, owner of Mountain West Helicopters. “We are just putting some new seed and top-cover to hold the seeds in place, they should be seeing some greening up as soon as the hills get some moisture.”

Residents have used burned logs on the hillside to help keep soil erosion from happening and coupled with high altitude seeding they hope to see the landscape change this summer.

“I love hearing the choppers,” said resident, Mara Pawlowski. “We just love the fact that the county is helping make sure this process is going to help put the canyon in better shape.”

Each of the drops contains about two-thousand pounds of mulch, and while a storm took out one chopper another made the trip over from Utah to help get the process completed this week.

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