Albuquerque, New Mexico –
New Mexicans are cleaning up after wildfires across the state and preparing for floods. U.S. Forest Service officials are reaching out through community workshops to tell people what help is available. James Melonas is the New Mexico liaison for the U.S Forest Service. Melonas says there are several phases in a fire recovery process. First, stabilize hills with seeds to help reduce flooding. Then, look at ways to begin restoration of burned areas. The Forest Service is hosting workshops on July 26 in Santa Fe and July 28 in Ruidoso to provide information on assistance in fire and flood recovery. Melonas says the workshops are open to anyone who's interested in recovery efforts or would like to know about technical and financial assistance. Editing by Sarah Gustavus.