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Reduce fire risk by managing your vegetation, excavation worker says

“A lot has been happening, but there’s still years to go. We are making progress just one day at at time."

Posted: Aug 10, 2021 6:26 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2021 6:44 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- With yet another unpredictable fire season underway, fire preparedness and vegetation management remain a top priority.

KEZI spoke with Brandon Crover who owns Crover’s Dirt Works and Smith and Crover’s Tree Service. He shared about the process behind preparing your property for rebuilding.

“A tree service comes in first and removes all the hazardous trees,” Crover said. “Then the excavation team comes in behind and does the site prep for the new construction.”

Crover explained that a lot of headway has been made along the McKenzie River as crews have worked daily since the Holiday Farm Fire was contained. However, the work is far from over.

“A lot has been happening, but there’s still years to go,” Crover said. “We are making progress just one day at at time.”

He emphasized that the roads are dangerous, so it’s crucial to remain alert. One of the most important things to keep in mind is to protect your property by maintaining the vegetation. This can be done through tree removal, forest mulching and a variety of other ways. As Crover puts it, that must be done.

RELATED: FAMILY WAITING TO REBUILD MCKENZIE RIVER INN NEARLY A YEAR AFTER HOLIDAY FARM FIRE

“We’re going to see these big fires,” Crover said. “It's going to happen year after year. We have to prepare as people for a fire to come through your area.”

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