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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Highway 17 Shaded Fuel Break Project Beginning September 9, 2019

Cal Fire and the Fire Safe Council, along with many stakeholders, including the Town, have begun a fuel reduction project made possible by grant funds from the Governor.

The project will create a shaded fuel break along Highway 17 from the Main Street bridge to the summit.  A shaded fuel break removes fuel from under the tree canopies while preserving most of the trees. The result is a forest with less ground level fuel for fires to consume without sacrificing the trees. Where no tree canopy exists, the project will remove weeds and brush to reduce fire danger.

Beginning September 9 and lasting for at least two weeks, the project will address fuel along the Los Gatos Creek Trail from the Main Street bridge to the Lenihan dam at Lexington reservoir. This portion of the project will result in periodic closure of the trail while work is in progress.

The Town will provide outreach on the closure through signage posted along the trail and through social media.

More information is available at www.FireSafe17.com

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