Deadline for hazardous tree removal program approaching

The deadline to enroll in the hazardous tree removal program for Camp Fire survivors in burn scar areas is approaching.

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 10:21 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2019 6:09 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The deadline to enroll in the hazardous tree removal program for Camp Fire survivors in burn scar areas is approaching.

"We're really concerned with a lot of old-growth trees, big redwoods and oaks," said fire survivor, Beth Sisk.

The deadline to enroll in the hazard tree removal program is approaching.

The Paradise Town Council and Butte County approved an ordinance back in October stating hazardous trees damaged by the Camp Fire on private roads must be removed if they may fall onto public roadways.

People can apply for the government tree program to have trees removed by the state at no out-of-pocket-cost. They just need a right-of-entry form for the government program.

"I just wanted to learn what the liability was, do I have to do the government program, can I do it myself? How do I identify what a bad tree is?" said fire survivor, Raymond McCoshum.

Property owners can also remove trees themselves, but an inspection access form is required.

"Thought I had some beautiful trees left and they're already gone and what's left I don't really care too much for," said McCoshum.

About 13,000 parcels are expected to be eligible to enroll in the program.

Cal OES said they expect to start inspecting and removing trees by January of 2020 and be finished by October.

"I think the hardest thing is to really help all of the people that are really still in some trauma from the fire and there's still a lot of adjusting to happen,"

The deadline to enroll is December 20 partnered with two information sessions on hazardous tree removal this month.

For an interactive map on the tree removal, CLICK HERE.

Tree Right-of-Entry Forms and Inspection Access Forms may be submitted at the following locations:

78 Table Mountain Boulevard, Oroville
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Butte County Library, Paradise Branch
Community Room, 5922 Clark Road, Paradise
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Butte County Library, Chico Branch
1108 Sherman Avenue, Chico
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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