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Oregon Dumps Mulch on Burned Ground to Prevent Flooding

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Helicopters are dumping thousands of pounds of wood mulch on Oregon's Malheur National Forest three months after a wildfire tore through the area.
    
The mulch is supposed to slow soil erosion and prevent flooding through the fall and winter.
    
The wildfire destroyed more than 40 homes and spread over 171 square miles in the Canyon Creek Complex earlier this summer. The mulching is part of the Burned Area Emergency Response plan developed by Malheur Forest staff and local landowners.
    
Without enough vegetation to soak up moisture, the main concern in the area is flooding. Forest deputy fire staff member Todd Gregory says mulch will help keep the ground stable and limit the speed that water drains into the creek.
   

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