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Fuel Reduction of Cherry Hill to Begin This Week

COEUR D'ALENE. ID - Fuel reduction of ten wooded acres of Cherry Hill is set to begin as early as Thursday, May 19. It is part of the FireSmart Fuel Reduction Project.

FireSmart has a contractor who will be doing the work under FireSmart funding. The purpose of the project is to keep possible wildfires small and on the ground, where they can be more easily controlled and extinguished within the response time of firefighting personnel.

The fuel reduction project will include the removal of small trees to space out the tree crowns, pruning up the lower branches of the residual trees to keep fire out of the tree canopies , and removal of most brush that is over one foot in height. Some brush species, such as serviceberry and mountain maple have been flagged for retention. The cut trees and shrubs, as well as woody material already on the ground will be chipped and distributed over the site.

The work will be completed by mid-June.

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