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Shasta Board of Supervisors will get updates on fire fuels project

Shasta County supervisors will get an update from both CAL FIRE and Public Works about fire fuel reduction projects happening in the county.

Posted: May 3, 2021 7:18 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 7:35 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County supervisors will get an update from both CAL FIRE and Public Works about fire fuel reduction projects happening in the county.

CAL FIRE’s Shasta Trinity Unit continues to work on fire fuel reduction projects across the area. Shasta County Public Work said it is mowing brush alongside high traffic areas.

Not only does it help keep the road clear for property owners and drivers, but it also reduces fuels, making it difficult for a fire to spark.

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“It's actually called a flail mower,” said Patrick Minturn, the director of Public Works. “It's got an arm that comes up and grinds. We're going over the same areas we went over last year, it just takes out those half-inch diameter branches and just like a good hedge, we have hedges along a thousand miles of county road.”

Public Works told Action News Now they have four mowers out to clear brush along the road.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors will also be getting an update from PG&E about the Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Supervisors will also hear from the Shasta Fire Safety Council.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m.

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