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US Forest Service Holds Bagley Hazard Tree Abatement Open House Tonight

Published On: May 21 2013 06:49:59 PM CDT   Updated On: May 21 2013 07:13:07 PM CDT
Bagley Tree pic

Following 2012's Bagley fire, which burned more than 46,000 acres, the U.S. Forest Service is attempting to take out some of the burned trees that could potentially fall and land on roads or passing hikers.

The U.S. Forest Service will hold an open house discussing a tree abatement project that will start in September.

The fire was ignited by lightning strikes in August on the Shasta Lake Ranger District and spread into the Mt. Shasta-McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

In the aftermath of the fire, the Forest Service said they are now focused on minimizing hazards to the public associated with wildlife and recreation.

"It's our duty to make sure the public is safe from trees failing so we're going to get them down before they fail uncontrollably or randomly," said Forester, Todd Hamilton with the Forest Service.

Hamilton said of the 46,000 acres burned, the trees seen as dangerous have been narrowed down to about 775 acres.

The area spans a region south of the McCloud River and north of the Madrone Campground.

Hamilton said the Forest Service only plans to fall dead trees close to the road.

"We're not just going through picking out trees throughout that entire area, we're being very strategic in where we select trees that may hit the road," Hamilton said.

Hamilton said fire is a natural process that in some cases might have helped the forest but for now, the plan is to rid the area of trees that might be dangerous to make way for new growth and to have the wood from those fallen go to mills in the area.

The public open house will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Shasta Lake Ranger Station located at 14225 Holiday Road in Redding.

Experts from the Forest Service will be on hand to answer questions and take comments from the public.