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Video: Butte County Fire Safe Project

October 2011 – We just finished up on a 60+ acre Fire Safe fuels reduction project overlooking Lake Oroville, with grant funding for the project via the Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council. The stand was dense with tanoak, small trees, and brush creating a hazardous ladder fuels situation. Because of the steep terrain, we deployed our Cat 522 harvester with a masticator head.

The 522 has a hydraulic leveling system that allows it to operate on steep slopes, and with its high ground clearance and zero tail swing, it can go places that other forestry machines can’t.

Within two weeks, the project was finished and it really opened the forest up. If you happen to be driving on Forbestown Road between Robinson Mills and the summit, take a look on the downhill side- what was a dark thicket of brush now looks like a park, and is a much healthier, fire safe forest now. Check out the video below.

For more information on fuels reduction, see our Fire Safe Projects page.

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