FEMA program will take Camp Fire trees on private property
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A federally funded government hazard tree-removal program will remove destroyed trees from last year’s deadly Camp Fire that remain on private property and could fall on public roads and facilities.
But the Chico Enterprise-Record reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency program will not take down trees that could fall on homes.
The agreement to take trees on private property was reached after negotiations between the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and federal officials on behalf of the town of Paradise and Butte County, which had asked for the funding.
Some arborists have estimated there are half a million to a million burned trees remaining from the Camp Fire, which tore through Northern California last Nov. 8, destroying 14,000 homes and killing 85.