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fire scientist Kelly Close's letter on the FEMA tree cut plan

fire scientist Kelly Close on wood chips as fire hazard

doc-titleFire Behavior Commentary [on FEMA's East Bay Hills DEIS]
quoteFurther, the proposed treatments would convert non-fuels (standing trees) into available surface and ground fuels ... and creates a new fire hazard posed by the heavy accumulation of wood chips and other woody debris that was not present previously.
sourcefire behavior analyst Kelly Close on the FEMA plan (PDF)