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Fuel Reduction Underway

Twain Harte, CA — CAL Fire personnel along with Baseline fire crews are undertaking a fuel reduction project on Hwy 108 starting today.

The project will take place on both sides of Hwy 108 starting near the east entrance to Twain Harte. The fuel reduction project (between the two Twain Harte entrances) is located inside Caltrans right-of-way and will include pile burning and chipping where feasible.

The project was prepared for funding consideration by the Hwy 108 Firesafe Council and is a Community Assistance Grant through Proposition 40. The project coordinators are Hwy 108 Firesafe Council President Jerry Tannhauser and Director Bill McConnell.

Project goals are to reduce fuel loading and highly flammable vegetation. Roadsides are locations where most ignitions take place in a typical fire season. Reducing fuels immediately adjacent to this segment of highway will reduce the risk of a large fire occurring.

Multiple dwellings are located directly adjacent to this project area and will benefit by the reduced fuel loading. The project will also improve forest health by reducing overstocking of small conifers and build up of brush under story that has occurred since the highway was constructed.

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com