First listen and then answer the question.
What was the danger to the villages 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 5 on 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 grassseed which would grow quickly. The seed was sprayed over the ground in huge quantities by aeroplanes. The 10 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.New words and expressions 生词和短语
desolate(1.4)/'desələt/ adj. 荒凉的
authority (1.8)/ɔ:'θɔriti/ n.(常用复数)当局
Notes on the text 课文注释
1 had been fighting是过去完成进行时，表示过去某一时刻之前一直进行的动作。
2 before they could get it under control, 他们才能控制住火势。
under control, 受到控制。
3 for miles around, 方圆数英里。
4 Winter was coming on，冬季即将来临，come on这里作“开始”、“来临”讲，用于指时间、季节等自然条件情况的出现。
5 for heavy rain would not only wash away the soil but would cause serious floods as well，因为大雨不仅会冲走土壤，而且还会引起严重的水灾。 for是一个并列连词，用于陈述原因； wash away是“冲刷”的意思。
6 in huge quantities，大量地。
7 take root，生根。
8 in place of，代替。