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Posted on: January 4, 2024

Woody debris piles at New Bullards Bar scheduled to be burned in the coming days

Large piles of wood on the shoreline of a lake.

Approximately 15 large woody debris piles located in a cove near Garden Point at New Bullards Bar are scheduled to be burned in the coming days, weather permitting. 

Last summer, Yuba Water crews worked to collect and remove a larger-than-usual amount of debris from the reservoir ahead of the busy recreation season. The incredible amount of rain and snow that the region experienced last winter resulted in a nearly full reservoir and caused a large influx of floating stumps, trees and branches.

After the debris had been corralled in the cove and reservoir water levels dropped, agency staff worked with contractors to create large piles of the material to be burned as soon as the area received enough rain and conditions were deemed safe. The area needs about two inches of rain within a 48-hour time period before the piles can be ignited. 

With the recent rain and more in the forecast, Yuba Water is working with the U.S. Forest Service, Tahoe National Forest to carry out the work. 

“Given the location of the cove on the reservoir, burning the debris is the most cost-effective way to dispose of the large amount of material,” said Hydro Construction Project Coordinator Bryan Strawmier. “Plus, if we experience another winter like last year and water levels rise significantly, we risk not being able to burn all of the debris, trapping it in the cove until conditions dry out and we’re able to stack and burn it again.”

It is anticipated that the controlled burns will take several days before they’re completely out and will be monitored closely by the Forest Service to ensure that they are under control and fully maintained.

Check out photos and videos of the fully-prepped debris piles

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