GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4)– The Bureau of Land Management began aerial and hand seeding the Pine Gulch Fire burn scar near Grand Junction on Monday. Hand crews and helicopters covered an estimated 22,000 acres with seeds.

(credit: BLM)

Seeding with snow on the ground is key to germination and growth success. The same planes are also used to drop fire retardant during fires.

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The Pine Gulch Fire was sparked by lightning on July 31, 2020 about 18 miles north of Grand Junction and burned nearly 140,000 acres.

(credit: South Metro Fire)