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Biochar seminars hosted by Butte College

People on the ridge learned how to make good use of Camp Fire ravaged wood on Thursday.

Posted: Jan 9, 2020 6:54 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - People on the ridge learned how to make good use of Camp Fire ravaged wood on Thursday.

Butte College and the Butte Fire Safety Council showed rebuilders how to get rid of biowaste efficiently by burning brush and already burned wood.

"We have a special technique we call 'top-down burning' that reduces the amount of smoke generated in the burning process and creates a char," said Stephen Feher of Butte College.

"It will help to amend the soil that has been contaminated by all the buildings burning here in Paradise," said Preston Englant. "It helps to absorb the heavy metals and after a few years you want to replace it."

What is left from the burn is biochar, charcoal used to enrich the soil.

If you would like to learn more, there will be another seminar on Friday, Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. at the Big Chico Ecological Reserve.

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Dry conditions, warmer temperatures, and gusty north winds will drive high fire danger and a Red Flag Warning across most of northern California Monday. Winds will diminish and temperatures will warm up on Tuesday. We'll stay dry and heat up later this week. Cooler temperatures then return for your weekend.
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