When a tree service company puts an add in the paper for fire mitigation they may also list some other wording with it like fuel reduction, and defensible space. While these 2 latter concepts may be part of making property fire safe there are some other related concepts like forest thinning, small to moderate logging, and even land clearing that result from this whole process.

Land clearing while not exactly fire mitigation usually involves removing a large number of trees, rocks, and even structures like buildings off property for some other purpose like building. We offer and perform this service as well.

Sometimes fire mitigation can result in land clearing where practically all trees are removed from the property. However, most of the time fire mitigation involves forest thinning where a good number of trees remain. This is because they grow too dense, too thick and too close together. The trees are then spaced according to a number of formats where the biggest and best trees are left about 15 feet apart with about 5 trees every 30 square feet. There is also some consideration given to the species of trees that are selectively removed or left remaining.

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Forest thinning inevitably leads to fuel reduction because the trees themselves are a source of flammable fuel that can spread the fire by jumping it from tree to tree if they grow too close together. When the trees are removed that are too close to your home so the fire doesn’t jump to your home this is known as defensible space.

Unlike pruning, or trimming, or removing just a few trees in your yard, fire mitigation usually involves removing a large number of trees off a pretty good size area of land. Therefore while this is not commercial logging it can be referred to as small or moderate logging because you the property owner can sell the logs, or poles to a lumber mill which allows you to recover some of the costs of fire mitigation.

Forest thinning for fire mitigation is best accomplished with an excavator which can push the entire tree over, root ball and all. Then the root balls can be cut off and the remaining poles and logs can be stacked with the excavator.

For us to secure such work on a larger scale we like to have contacts with real estate offices, insurance companies, construction companies, the forest service and other government agencies, as well as individual owners of large pieces of property. This does not mean we can’t fire proof your individual home on a lot or small amount of acreage.

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