OROVILLE, Calif - A project aimed to reduce the number and intensity of wildfires is being launched by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Butte County Cal Fire.
In a press release sent on Wednesday by the DWR, this project will involve thinning overstocked trees and bushes that fuel the fires.
The thinning process also increases forest health and helps maintain water quality, large timber and brush will also be strung together and placed in Lake Oroville as well as habitat structures for wildlife, according to DWR.
On Jan. 9 the Butte County Fire Safety Council launched the first project at Bidwell Canyon along the Dan Beebee Trail and Bidwell Canyon Trail.
DWR says the partners in the 23-acre phased project include:
• Cal Fire
• California Department of Parks and Recreation
• Butte County Fire Department
The 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 and the third project is at Lime Saddle, north of Lake Oroville Marina and includes 25 acres of areas previously treated since 2015, according to DWR.
The project will resume in the fall of 2018 after fire season.