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One of the things that we have to do here in the Sierra Foothills is prepare for fire season. This year we have the worst conditions for fire due to lack of rain over the winter. Everything is browning about a month early, and we need to clear flammable materials away from the house. Yesterday we cleaned up two oak trees next to the house.

Here is a shot of one of the oaks before we cleaned up the tree.

Before photo

Before photo

And here is the same tree afterwards…

After shot

After shot

We had a lot of trimmings which we can burn on a day sanctioned for burning of this debris.

Trimmings

Trimmings

This is only a small portion of what we trimmed. We moved most of it over to where we do our controlled burning. Each of these piles is about 5′ high.

Piles and piles and piles

Piles and piles and piles

We do save some of this. I trimmed up smaller pieces so we have kindling for our fireplace in the coming winter.

Kindling

Kindling

And we did get a few pieces of wood for burning. This is only a few of the pieces as we had to quit for the day due to the high temperatures.

Wood for our fireplace

Wood for our fireplace

Fire danger here in the foothills is always high over the summer and we are keeping our fingers crossed that folks use their ashtrays, man their campfires, and that when the monsoonal storms move up here from Arizona, that we do not have any dry lightning.

Remember: Only you can prevent forest fires!

Have a great day and thank you for taking the time to visit today!

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