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PG&E and CA State Parks announce partnership for hazard removal around Lake Oroville

PG&E and the state parks partnership will look to get rid of dead and hazardous trees and install erosion control before winter rainfall could bring hazard to Lake Oroville waterways.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 10:54 PM

LAKE OROVILLE, Calif. - PG&E and the state parks partnership will look to get rid of dead and hazardous trees and install erosion control before winter rainfall could bring hazard to Lake Oroville waterways.

The North Complex West Zone fire left the area with an abundance of hazardous and dead trees.

"PG&E and the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area are partnering to help restore power to the park and surrounding areas," said PG&E Public Information Officer Paul Moreno. 

"And we would be looking at doing damaged tree removal, and other issues, we have a ton of trees that were destroyed," said Aaron Wright, CA State Parks Public Safety Superintendent.

Loafer Creek Campground, Enterprise, and Boat Ramps will be closed to the public until at least late October, as PG&E holds up their side of the partnership.

"By letting PG&E use lay down areas in the park, in exchange for PG&E removing hazardous trees and putting in erosion controlling measures," said Moreno on the partnership between the state parks. "This is all as a result of the North Complex Fire."

But before you can sit at some of the tables around Lake Oroville the partnership will also focus on keeping hazards away from waterways.

"Burned so hot that we damaged the soils, so if we don't get the tree removal and the erosion control in now, before the rains," said Wright with a sense of urgency. "We're going to have more damage to the soil to the parks."

"A lot of damage to this area of the park, it wouldn't be usable for the public until those conditions are made safe. the closer we can be to where the damage is, the faster we can rebuild, not only power to the park, but to neighboring communities," said Moreno about why it's important to be close to Lake Oroville and use Loafer Creek as an area of operation.

"We're going to be able to fix a lot of this stuff extremely fast and make the park safer sooner," said Wright when asked how impactful it is to have PG&E assist. "And get them back open, all open sooner than we would otherwise."

Wright told Action News Now the work between PG&E and the state parks has been going on since very few days after the Bear Fire left this area so that they can get the parks open as soon as possible.

Bidwell Canyon and Lake Oroville marinas are now operating under normal winter hours. For a complete list, visit HERE.

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