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New ordinance could help tree cleanup efforts in the Camp Fire burn scar

A new ordinance may help in efforts to clean up the thousands of dead or dying trees in the Camp Fire burn scar.

Posted: Jul 24, 2019 11:48 AM
Updated: Jul 24, 2019 12:18 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A new ordinance may help in efforts to clean up the thousands of dead or dying trees in the Camp Fire burn scar.

On Tuesday, the Butte County Board of Supervisors passed a new ordinance focused on getting those trees removed. 

There has not been a place to store those trees locally. 

With the new ordinance, there will be designated zones where people can drop off their trees. 

Supervisors say this will cut down on pollution and truck trafficking. 

"We heard a 20/1 ratio by allowing for the consolidation of the wood on these sites, you can actually remove 20 trucks off the road for every one that will go on the road, so that's a significant reduction through this consolidation effort," said Tim Snellings, director of development services for Butte County. 

The new step includes on-site processing. 

The ordinance is set to expire in December of 2020. 

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