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(St. George-AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management has started reseeding more than 15-thousand acres of the charred Apex Fire area to prevent flammable cheat grass from taking over the land.
The Apex Fire was allegedly started last June by two juveniles. It lasted longer than a week and burned more than 30-thousand acres in the Beaver Dam Mountains about 10 miles south of Dixie National Forest.
It cost two (m) million dollars to suppress the fire last summer, and reseeding and regeneration of the area are expected to add another (m) million dollars to the tab.
The juveniles are scheduled for trial March 31 on charges of reckless endangerment and causing a catastrophe.
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