Fire-break work continues apace in Cambria, after various start-date delays because of weather, funding and the availability of crews called away to fight fires.
Highlighting the grant-funded project is especially appropriate now in high fire season, because Fire Protection Week will be observed Oct. 8-14.
Doing the work along the northern and eastern boundaries of the Cambria Community Services District and in some other areas are the trained crews, a mechanical lifter and log-dragger, a chipping machine that quickly converts into mulch the big logs from previously felled trees (the mulch is left on the forest floor), and a massive brush-chomper that munches its way through stacks of branches and brush (no live trees).
The project is designed to clear again a fire break first created in 2012, expand it to a few areas not cleared before and finally dispose of the stacks of dry wood and brush that have been causing fire-season angst for the neighbors and others concerned about the risk.
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Meanwhile, Cambria FireSafe Focus Group and county Fire Safe Council participants continue applying for additional grants, in hopes of doing additional fire-safety preparations. FireSafe members and first responders also urge everybody to enroll their cellphones and Charter phones to receive reverse 911 alerts or wireless alerts (WEA) in case of emergency.