April 14, 2015
Brooktrails Fuel Reduction Project
Willits – Starting in April, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit hand crews will be conducting a wildland fuel reduction project in Brooktrails Township. This project is being funded through a State Responsibility Area (SRA) grant fund.
The project consists of the reduction of hazardous fuels located within the greenbelt area managed by the Brooktrails Township Community Services District (BTCSD). CAL FIRE hand crews will remove dead material and trim live vegetation for the purpose of reducing fire hazard on approximately 52 acres adjacent to the BTCSD water supply system, including redwood water tanks, the water treatment plant and along a community trail system which could serve as firebreaks/control lines in the event of a wildfire. Treatments include the removal of dead woody material and ladder fuels, thinning of trees less than 6 inches in diameter to a minimum spacing of 10 foot and pruning of trees to height of 10 foot above ground level. The work will be accomplished using hand tools and chainsaws. Vegetation removal will be consistent with the hazard abatement standards of the Brooktrails Fire Department. Overall, the project will reduce fuel loads and promote forest health. Woody material generated by the project will either be chipped on site or burned in piles if allowed by weather and permissive burn days.