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Seeding set for wildfire area in Herriman

HERRIMAN — A city official says helicopters will start aerial seeding on almost half the 6 square miles burned during a wildfire that charred hillsides and destroyed three homes in a Salt Lake City suburb.

Herriman City spokeswoman Nicole Martin says plans are to begin Tuesday to reseed more than 2,100 of the 4,300 acres burned in the Machine Gun Fire.

Officials hope vegetation will protect homes from flooding and mudslides during rainy weather.

The wildfire was sparked Sept. 19 during Utah Army National Guard weapons training at nearby Camp Williams.

On Thursday and Friday, Martin says 500 volunteers and Eagle Scouts on foot will reseed hillsides and build debris basins and silt fences near homes.

A $400,000 grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service is underwriting the effort.