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Caughlin Fire Restoration Project Underway

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Chris Ciarlo
Channel 2 News 

Two and a half months after an arcing power line sparked the Caughlin Fire, a restoration project near Windy Hill in Reno is underway.

Officials say the restoration project is going well, thanks to all this dry weather.

"This year, we've been blessed with all this dry weather we've been having," says Kym Kelley, the owner of Kelley Erosion Control. "We been doing a bunch of homeowners' properties as well."

Kelley said they are they laying down paper mulch, which is a growing medium. Basically, it covers the soil and protects the burn area from erosion.

Kelley says it's important to get the restoration project underway as soon as possible before the weeds come in and start to take over the soil.

We also talked to the Nevada Land Conservancy. They are busy reseeding about six acres of private land near the slopes of Windy Hill.

"The seed is primarily fire resistant, native grasses and wildflowers," said the Project Manager for Nevada Land Conservancy Lynda Nelson.

Officials say it could be two years before we see vegetation really start growing again.

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