62. After the Fire.

Firemen had been fighting the forest fire for nearly three weeks before they could get it under control. A short time before, great trees had covered the countryside for miles around. Now, smoke still rose up from the warm ground over the desolate hills. Winter was coming in and the hills threatened the surrounding villages with destruction, for heavy rain would not only wash away the soil but would cause serious floods as well. When the fire had at last been put out, the forest authorities ordered several tons of a special type of grass-seed which would grow quickly. The seed was sprayed over the ground in huge quantities by aeroplanes. The planes had been planting seed for nearly a month when it began to rain. By then, however, in many places the grass had already taken root. In place of the great trees which had been growing there for centuries, patches of green had begun to appear in the blackened soil.
Setelah neraka. Pemadam kebakaran telah memerangi kebakaran hutan selama hampir tiga minggu sebelum mereka bisa mendapatkannya di bawah kontrol. Beberapa waktu sebelumnya, pohon besar yang menutupi pedesaan untuk mil di sekitar. Sekarang, asap masih naik dari tanah yang hangat atas bukit terpencil. Musim dingin datang dan bukit-bukit mengancam desa-desa sekitarnya dengan kehancuran, karena hujan lebat tidak hanya akan membasuh tanah tapi akan menyebabkan banjir yang serius juga. Ketika api itu akhirnya dipadamkan, pihak kehutanan memesan beberapa ton jenis khusus dari rumput-benih yang akan tumbuh dengan cepat. benih disemprotkan di atas tanah dalam jumlah besar dengan pesawat terbang. Pesawat telah menanam benih selama hampir sebulan ketika hujan mulai turun. Pada saat itu, bagaimanapun, di banyak tempat rumput sudah berakar. Di tempat pohon-pohon besar yang telah tumbuh di sana selama berabad-abad, patch hijau mulai muncul di tanah menghitam.
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