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The photo shows a bitterbrush plant. Bitterbrush is a highly flammable shrub and is often found growing under trees.
Low hanging, dead branches provide a path for a fire to spread from the grass to the bitterbrush, from the bitterbrush to the dead branches and then into the tree.
Another example of ladder fuels. Bitterbrush growing below low hanging dead branches in a thick stand of pine trees.
In this photo piles of accumulated branches from a tree thinning project are a potential path for a ground fire to spread into the remaining trees.
Standing dead trees provide a lot of fuel for a crown fire.
Accumulations of pine needles and leaves on the roof and in rain gutters may be the most important fuels to remove.
In this photo some, but not all, FireWise recommendations have been adopted. Bitterbrush has been removed. Low hanging dead branches have been trimmed and removed from the site. Some, trees have been
At this location bitterbrush was removed. Low hanging branches were trimmed and deadwood on the ground has been removed from the site.
Low-hanging branches trimmed from trees and bitterbrush removed.
Low-hanging branches trimmed from trees and bitterbrush removed from within the 30-foot perimeter of the structure.