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Bunyon Bros. Takes Steps to Reduce Fire Hazards

Due to recent riverbed fires in Paso Robles, Bunyon Bros. Tree Service has added a new Cat Excavator with a masticating head to our fleet, which will assist in reducing future fire hazards. 

Mastication is a fuel reduction treatment used in forestry management to reduce wildfire risk. Unlike Cat models with steel tracks, which are brutal on softer ground and roadways, the new excavator has rubber tracks, which practically glide across grass, dirt, and other soft surfaces. This opens up more access opportunities along with further reach capability. 

The new excavator reaches 25 feet. This allows the excavator to reach land that is too steep to drive on.

California fires have been a consistent concern, and the risk has been increasing over the last five years.

According to The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), in 2016 there were an estimated 669,534 acres burned with 1,274 structures damaged or destroyed, as well as three fatalities. Cal Fire reports the figures have increased each year since, with California’s biggest fire season in history burning 1,963,100 acres, with 24,226 structures damaged or destroyed, and 100 fatalities in the year 2018.

The year 2019 brought more rain in January and February than in the entire year of 2018.  This took California out of its drought and in turn reduced fire hazards. Cal Fire reports the year 2019 had 259,823 acres burn with 732 structures damaged or destroyed and three fatalities. 

California Drought Monitor

The Central Coast’s rainy March 2020 brought San Luis Obispo County back from the brink of a drought, brought on by a very dry winter. As a whole, about 75% of the state is dry, and about 25% of areas aren’t experiencing drought conditions.

Along with rain comes new growth such as shrubs, bushes, or small trees. When the California drought returns, this brush will require routine maintenance to keep fire hazards to a minimum.

Bunyon Bros. has been safely serving the tree maintenance needs of the Central Coast for more than 30 years. We take pride in staffing the best and most qualified employees, including an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and (4) ISA Certified Arborists. 

Our crew members use top of the line, modern technology, keeping us highly efficient and one step ahead of wildfires.

If you are looking for tree service, call Bunyon Bros. at 805-547-1903.

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