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The U-S Forest Service is looking for public comment on the South 108 Fuel Reduction, Forest Health and Road Management Project planned by the Mi-Wok Ranger District.

Prescribed burns, tree-thinning, and goat grazing will be used to lessen the chance of a severe wildfire.

Officials also plan to close or decommission almost nine miles of unnecessary roads, while maintaining routes for firefighter access.

A project information meeting is planned for tomorrow evening at the Mi Wok District Ranger Station and a field trip is scheduled for Saturday morning.

A 2002 study indicated the need to reduce the chance of wildfire by clearing brush and other fuel from the forest floor.

Members of the public are invited to the meeting and field trip, though they are asked to RSVP with Roger Carlson at (209) 532-3671, extension 372.

Those interested in getting more information about the South 108 Fuels Reduction Program can contact Interdisciplinary Team Leader Kathy Aldrich at (209) 586-3234.