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Forest Service pledges $3.5 million for Museum Fire watershed restoration

Museum Fire Burn Heinsius
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The Museum Fire burn area north of Flagstaff as seen on Sept. 19, 2019. The fire began July 21, 2019 and eventually burned nearly 2,000 acres.

The U.S. Forest Service has pledged $3.5 million to restore the watershed in the Museum Fire burn area north of Flagstaff.

It’ll fund the stabilization of alluvial fans and channels, which reduce the level of sediment leaving the burn area during rainstorms.

Last summer's heavy monsoon flooding impacted hundreds of homes in the Sunnyside, Paradise and Grandview neighborhoods.

According to Coconino County flood officials, reducing the level of sediment is the first step in order to build more effective flood mitigation in the city.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore and other officials toured the Museum flood and Schultz flood areas Tuesday.