- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says a rehabilitation team has nearly completed its work on an 11-square-mile section of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest burned in a wildfire that erupted in late June.

Helicopters spread 60,000 pounds of barley and native seed mix last week over parts of the burned area about 18 miles southeast of Show Low. They targeted areas that lost most of their ground cover to prevent severe erosion from monsoon storms.

Crews also have removed burned trees that posed hazards, stabilized roads and put up warning signs and temporary gates.

The fire broke out June 26 in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine forest and burned for more than two weeks. The rehabilitation team began work in early July.

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