SILVER CITY, N.M.—Seeding across parts of the scar left by the Silver Fire in southern New Mexico will begin Sunday.

Officials with the Gila National Forest say about 18 square miles of areas that were severely burned will get the seed treatment. Nearly five square miles will be mulched during initial operations.

Bids for the mulching have been received and are being evaluated.

Mulching for the first phase will occur in the historic Hillsboro mining district to minimize effects to water quality and negative downstream effects from mines and tailing piles.

The second phase involves seeding in the headwaters of the Mimbres River.

The Silver Fire was sparked June 7 near Kingston. It scorched more than 216 square miles, making it the largest wildfire in the state this year.