BASS LAKE — Hazard tree removal along Road 274 on the north side of Bass Lake will continue on Wednesday, Dec. 9, according to Burt Stalter, Fuels Management Specialist on the Bass Lake Ranger District, and one of the fallers on the project.
Motorists should expect delays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as trees that have to be dropped in the roadway are bucked and cleared.
Crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire, Madera County Fire, County Roads and the Sheriff’s Office are cooperating on the project, and completed a stretch of road between the Bass Lake Courthouse and Marina View last week. There were over 1,200 trees identified for removal in the first phase.
Wednesday’s operation will focus on removing trees between Marina View and Mono Wind Way. Stalter says there are fewer trees in this section, and crews hope to complete the project in one day.
As with last week’s operation, every attempt will be made to keep closures to less than 30 minutes. Those wishing to avoid the project should use Road 222 or Road 223 to 426 into Oakhurst.
Anyone wishing to avail themselves of the wood being generated as a result of the project should contact Bass Lake Ranger District to inquire about a special permit. Firewood cutting season is now closed on the Sierra National Forest, but plans have been in the works to issue special permits for this specific project.
The Bass Lake Ranger District Office in North Fork can be reached at 559-877-2218.