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DWR and Cal Fire to reduce wildfire threat around Lake Oroville

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Cal Fire/Butte County Fire Department have jointly launched three major fuel reduction projects designed to reduce wildfire threat and bolster forest health around Lake Oroville.

DWR announced Wednesday that the project will aim to enhance public safety by reducing the number and intensity of wildfires in the area by thinning overstocked trees and bushes that fuel the fires. Officials noted that this will also increase forest health and maintain water quality.

Some of the large timber and brush will be strung together and placed in the lake as habitat structures for fish and other wildlife.

On Jan. 9, the Butte County Fire Safe Council launched the first project at Bidwell Canyon along the Dan Beebee Trail and Bidwell Canyon Trail. Partners in the 23-acre phased project include DWR, Cal Fire, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Butte County Fire Department. This work will be completed by Butte County Sheriff’s Office work crews, Mooretown Rancheria, Cal Fire, and the California Conservation Corps.

The second project will be conducted at Loafer Creek State Recreation Area. Officials say that they are currently identifying and treating areas within the approximately 900-acre target zone.

The third project will be at Lime Saddle and will resume in the fall of 2018 after the fire season.

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