Wildlife officials work to replant burned lands

- PROVO, Utah (AP) - The big 2012 wildfire season in Utah is translating to big wildfire recovery efforts.

State wildlife officials expect to disperse about 2 million pounds of seed to replant lands scarred by wildfires this year - their second highest seed order after 2007 - and the work is well under way in several areas.

Crews will work double shifts through the middle of November to ensure that the seed is properly mixed and distributed to correct locations across Utah. Reseeding is expected to be completed by the end of fall.

The agency started to spread the seed on the ground in central Utah on Oct. 3, beginning with 47,000 acres scarred by the Wood Hollow fire.

A similar effort began Friday above Saratoga Springs, where the Dump Fire burned 4,000 acres.

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