Monument Fire burn area healthier than expected

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The soil beneath the vegetation burned by the Monument Fire is in better shape than expected.

When soil is severely burned, rainwater doesn't want to absorb.

A report by a Forest Service team shows 40% of the soil burn severity is low and 39% is moderate. Just 7% is high.

The Forest Service is taking bids for road projects and aerial planting of seeds and straw on burn areas.