Fire Prevention Begins on Tubbs Hill - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fire Prevention Begins on Tubbs Hill

COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho. - The rumblings of chainsaws will be heard throughout Tubbs Hill for the next few weeks as crews begin removing small trees and shrubs from the area. The project is designed to prevent a catastrophic wildfire.

"What we don't want is for a fire to spread, and quickly get out of hand," said Karen Haskew, city urban forester.

Crews will be thinning out about 40 acres of the forested area on the north and east sides of the hill. It's an area that has never been treated before.  Workers will be removing small trees less than five inches in diameter and shrubs that act as fuel for a fire.

"Those are the types of things that if a fire starts can carry it up to the tops of trees," said Haskew.

Signs have been placed along the trails warning hikers that workers are in the area. Some trails could potentially be closed or re-routed at times as crews start working closer to them.

Haskew says small fires are very common throughout the summer on Tubbs Hill, and by removing some of these fuels fire crews have a better chance at putting them out before they become a larger problem.

"The goal is to keep the fire small, and the reaction time of the fire department that they will still be small," said Haskew.

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