New tree removal tool under consideration for Camp Fire burn scar

A new tree removal machine is being considered by Cal OES and other federal agencies to help clean up Paradise.

Posted: Jul 29, 2019 4:41 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - A new tree removal machine is being considered by Cal OES and other federal agencies to help clean up Paradise.

A group of hazard mitigation experts and locals gathered for a live machinery demo. It's what advocates are calling a safer way to clear trees out of the Camp Fire burn scar.

The tool grabs ahold of certain parts of the trees and it comes down in small sections.

The machine's long arm is outfitted with a grapple saw. The idea is to remove the tree top-down instead of bottom-up.

Cal OES says tree removal is the main priority now, particularly those impacting the roads and right of way.

The trees have to come down because the root structure begins to deteriorate, and some of the limbs are 150 pounds in weight.

Cal OES said regardless of whether the new machinery is green-lit for use, they plan to continue evaluating and removing dead trees to keep the clean-up process moving. 

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