Concern grows about trees damaged during Camp Fire

There are many different reasons people are concerned about what is happening to trees damaged on the Ridge during the Camp Fire. Here are links to some stories we have posted.

Posted: Mar 17, 2019 2:34 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2019 2:35 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The tree pictured above is marked 'P2' by PG&E tree crews, meaning it is supposed to be taken down.

The property owners are conflicted.

The lot it is on is a small one off of the Paradise Memorial Trailway. There was a large house on one side of the large oak, and a smaller "granny" house on the other side. Both homes burned, so the tree has obviously been damaged.

Is the tree dead?

Is it too close to the power lines?

Should it be left standing for a few years just in case it can survive?

Many people who lost homes during the Camp Fire are now complaining that their properties have been clearcut. Others complain that damaged trees on a neighbor's property might fall and destroy their homes that are still standing, and they want the trees removed.

Some tree advocates are lobbying for some of the trees to be left standing until they can really determine their viability. The suggestion has been three years for oaks and two years for conifers.

Arbor Day is usually celebrated in early April with the planting of trees, but it's too early for that on many burned properties scarred by the Camp Fire.

We are hoping to stir up some conversation on our Facebook page about concerns about the trees. Please check out these articles that have already been published on our Action News Now webpage.

CLICK HERE to read about a comment that 80 percent of the trees on the Ridge were already needed to be removed prior to the Camp Fire.

CLICK HERE to read about the man who wanted PG&E to take down his neighbor's tree, which he believed threatened his family's safety.

CLICK HERE to read an article about efforts PG&E was making prior to the Camp Fire to reduce fire danger on the Ridge.

See the photo gallery with this article to see more photos of the oak tree.

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