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Mulch For Mt. Charleston

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Public information officer James Stone (L) goes over a briefing map for the Carpenter 1 fire with newspaper reporter Colton Lochhead at the incident command post at Centennial High School on July 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Public information officer James Stone (L) goes over a briefing map for the Carpenter 1 fire with newspaper reporter Colton Lochhead at the incident command post at Centennial High School on July 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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(LAS VEGAS, ASSOCIATED PRESS, KXNT)–U.S. Forest Service officials are planning to drop straw mulch from helicopters over portions of fire-scarred Mount Charleston to reduce rapid rainstorm runoff and lessen the severity of flash floods in and around Las Vegas.

Officials say the aerial operation is part of a Burned Area Emergency Response plan that went into effect while the more than 43.5-square-mile Carpenter 1 fire was still burning in July.

It aims to protect homes in Kyle Canyon communities and allow forest ground vegetation to replenish in the burn area.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that several mountain homes were damaged during recent rains that also undercut roads and washed damaged soil, ash and debris into northwest Las Vegas neighborhoods.

Residents are worried about flooding when mountain snows melt next spring.

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