Trees cause hazards in Camp Fire burn scar

Local tree experts estimate that there are thousands of burned trees still standing in the Camp Fire burn scar.

Posted: Mar 11, 2019 2:58 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Local tree experts estimate that there are thousands of burned trees still standing in the Camp Fire burn scar.

They say this creates many hazards for people living and working in the area.

Bark beetles have already begun destroying many of the trees, but they aren’t the only thing hurting the ones left standing.

“Probably a good 80 percent of the Paradise trees were on their way out before the fire hit,” said Mark Wesley, master arborist for M&S Tree Service. "First you have the drought, then you have the beetle, then you have the fire. So when all three hit, a lot of trees are going to go." 

PG&E has marked many trees for removal because they are too close to power lines.

Homeowners will also be responsible for removing trees that could pose a threat.

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