Empire Mine begins reducing forest fuels | TheUnion.com

Empire Mine begins reducing forest fuels

A forest fuels reduction project starts at Empire Mine on the Union Hill Trail off Gold Hill Drive.
John Hart/jhart@theunion.com | The Union

In an effort to reduce the risk and severity of wildfires, Empire State Mine State Historic Park began a fuel reduction project on Thursday with completion slated for mid-December.

Union Hill will be subject to intermittent closure areas in the interest of public safety where heavy machinery will be operating.

“This is an ongoing effort designed to protect the park and the surrounding communities from wildfires as much as possible,” said Matt Green, Sierra District supervisor for California State Parks.

“We hope to reduce the fuel load and provide defensible space to the park property boundary and to improve the health of mixed conifer and oak forests to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.”

A large mobile masticator will be used to chip small trees and brush within the project area.

There will be 100-foot undisturbed buffers on select trails and a 200-foot buffer on the park boundary.

The chipped material will be left on site.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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