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Regrowth After Wildfire

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash.- Just weeks after flames tore through the area along I-82 near Coffin Road, the land is already making a recovery.

Plant life is coming back.

Firefighters say it's because the fire actually returns nutrients to the soil, similar to the same way farmers routinely burn their fields.

"Obviously there must be some moisture in that slope somewhere that's held, and it is a north slope and our north slopes are obviously are way more moist than a south slope," said Chief Bob Gear with Benton County Fire District #1.

Gear says much of the new growth is probably cheet grass which could burn again as early as next summer.