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Half a million trees burned by Camp Fire threaten those rebuilding

Nearly half a million trees burned by the Camp Fire may be in danger of falling down. Action News Now Reporter Christina Vitale got more details to break down the threat to people rebuilding on the ridge.

Posted: Sep 10, 2019 3:07 PM
Updated: Sep 10, 2019 3:07 PM

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right now - nearly half a million trees burned by the camp fire may be in danger of falling down. action news now reporter christina vitale is live to break down the threat to people rebuilding on the ridge. 400 thousand dead or dying trees endangering people, homes, roadways... who's responsible for removing them? we found out its camp fire survivors. nat sound treasurer for the butte fire safe council jim broshears said paradise and butte county will take care of burned trees on public roads - only broshears: the right of way road isnt very deep so when you look out at a road like this and then you look at the trees in front of us the trees are just off the right of way not in the right of way so those trees are my responsibility as a private property owner. and those trees could impact public places. broshears: they could fall on pentz road and you know it could kill someone and then it would close the road. broshears said they've reached for additional funding. broshears: at least dealing with those trees and removing trees that would affect public and private roads that request has been put in through the town and county and is awaiting word. broshear cut down trees threateing his home, but says more troublesome trees remain. broshears: the decision making process people have to make right now is how much money do i spend and its pretty much going to be based on whether they have insurance and whether they can be safe on their property and rebuild. woman: it's a concern i try not to get too close to the trees and try to make sure i keep myself away from them kristin milinkevich home survived the camp fire. she had an arborist take down her hazardous trees. but seeing burned trees around town is still a worry. woman: like the one back there that looks pretty toasted i wouldnt want to have my kid near it i have seen ones on my property just fall randomly so it does worry me a little. but in general i do feel the towns trying their best to take care of the rigth aways and the streets and such to keep us safe when we're driving. broshears: its not just safety it certainly is safety number one but you know its also economic recovery i mean what decision can you make based on the expense of the trees. im going to work on finding out an estimate of how much removing these trees would cost... and i'll have that for you coming up at 6. live in paradise christina vitale action news now. butte creek canyon is the first area crews will be working to remove trees affecting public roadways.
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