As part of the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) plan to manage unacceptable risk to natural resource values within the Bonita Fire area, aerial seeding is planned to begin on Wednesday (July 26). About 28,000 pounds of grass seed will be dispersed at a low elevation from a fixed wing aircraft over 638 acres of the burn area. The job is expected to take approximately 2-3 days to complete.
The Bonita Fire was caused by a lightning strike on June 3, 2017, and grew to 7,495 acres. Of the total acres burned, 4,541 acres burned with low intensity, 1,635 acres burned with moderate intensity, 170 acres burned with high intensity, and 1,149 acres were unburned.
Aerial seeding will focus on areas of moderate to high burn severity, mainly in an area east of Cañada de Oso and south of Forest Road 42C. This treatment is intended to protect soil resources from long term or irreversible damage by quickly establishing ground cover, stabilizing damaged soils, minimizing impacts to water quality and aquatic environments due to increased sedimentation, and reduce the risk of post-fire flood damage.
In addition, preventative measures to protect forest infrastructure such as culvert cleaning and removal of brush near culverts has been completed. These measures are intended to allow post-fire runoff and associated debris to flow freely and minimize the risk of property damage.