Bark Beetles are Killing Millions of Trees in California
Dead trees become fuel for wildfire.
Tiny insect creatures—bark beetles—and drought are a deadly combination. Together they are killing millions of trees, greatly increasing the risk of wildfire in California. Learn more at www.readyforwildfire.org.
What can be done? By being proactive you can make a very important difference to help reduce your wildfire risk; first by removing dead trees on your property, especially around your home. Next, homeowners should properly maintain the trees on their property by thinning overgrown trees, removing dense underbrush, and watering high- value trees as necessary depending on weather conditions. All of these steps will help create a healthy, more resilient forest for generations to come.
What to do
If you think bark beetles may be infesting trees on your property, check out this information:
Butte County Holding Public Meetings for Input on Fire Service
Butte County is holding several public meetings to gather more public input for the evaluation of options to restructure the Butte County Fire Department. The County opened up a survey this May to gather input from residents and received nearly 1,000 responses. Survey results indicate most of the respondents have had good experiences with the Butte County Fire Department and are satisfied with the service. At the same time, the majority of those who responded are interested in studying alternatives to the current Fire Department structure. “Like the public, we are also very pleased with the Butte County Fire Department,” said Paul Hahn, the County’s Chief Administrative Officer. “The relationship we enjoy with CAL FIRE, which provides staffing for the County Fire Department, has benefited both the County and the State. Our primary concern is the ability for the County to afford the current service into the future.”
Now, public meetings provide an opportunity for residents to provide their opinions for restructuring the Fire Department. Four meetings will be held throughout the County over the next two weeks at the following locations:
- Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Paradise Memorial Hall, 6550 Skyway Road in Paradise.
- Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chico Memorial Hall, 554 Rio Lindo Avenue in Chico.
- Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southside Community Center, 2959 Lower Wyandotte Road in Oroville.
- Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th Street in Chico.
Download community meeting presentation.