Firefighters to Begin Mulching in King Fire Burn Area

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Saturday's rainfall was a welcomed sight across the Sacramento area. Up in Foresthill, there were puddles, slick roads and people bundled up.

"We have to pray for every inch of rain we can get," said Foresthill resident, Jeanette Travis.

Most are well aware that rain is badly needed to help the drought.

"It's awesome. We need it, hopefully we get a couple inches but I doubt we're gonna get that," said Edward Holland.

However, stormy weather raises concern about erosion in parts of the forest burned by the King Fire.

This week crews will begin an aerial mulching operation. It's a joint project between the US Forest Service and SMUD.

Crews will use helicopters to drop straw mulch over more than 1,000 acres of land in the El Dorado National Forest. A large portion of the area lost vegetation in the King fire.

The goal is to protect infrastructure from erosion that may occur during winter storms.

The mulch drop will begin Monday along Eleven Pines Road. The project is expected to take two weeks, depending on weather conditions.

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