Posted: Aug 29, 2012 5:25 PM by Bill Folsom
Updated: Aug 29, 2012 9:02 PM
The sound of thumping helicopters is again echoing from the Waldo Canyon burn zone. Only now the choppers are part of the recovery effort. They are dropping tons of mulch over more than three thousand acres of scorched ground.
As many as five helicopters will be flying at a time. They will be working for the next 30 days from dawn to dusk. "Their turnaround times are quick," said Burn Area Recovery Team Leader, Mary Moore, "They'll come pick up a load, drop it and release on the hill, and go back and get another one all within about a three minute time frame." They are dropping mulch in steep and hard to reach areas to try and absorb runoff from rainstorms and prevent dangerous erosion.