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Fire Prevention Work at Empire Mine Begins

It’s a project that has been delayed for a few months, but finally gets underway today. Sierra District Forester Rich Adams says they will be doing fuel reduction work at Empire Mine State Historic Park, to reduce the risk of wildfires…

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They will be creating a 200-foot buffer zone of defensible space along the park boundary, and 100-foot buffers along select trails, which means trails on Union Hill will be subject to intermittent closures. To do the work, Adams says a large machine called a masticator is being brought in…

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That material will be left on site. The project was originally supposed to begin in October, but the federal government’s sequester delayed the equipment arriving from another project. Then came some bad weather and the holidays. Adams says the project should take three to six weeks.

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