Friday, June 15, 2012

Red Car Property: Tree Cut Down Near Adelbert In April, A Fire Hazard Now

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 6, 2012.  Someone cut down a 16' Eucalyptus Tree back in April (possibly in the Adelbert right-of-way, but generally accepted as Red Car Property).  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Today, this tree is a huge fire hazard as it is now dry, brush has not been cleared from the Red Car Property, nor have the trees been trimmed up from the ground properly in many years. 

Although, it is not as bad as it used to be 12 years ago, before we were added to the Very High Fire Hazard Safety Zone.  However, the vacant lots in our part of town do not fall under the Fire Department's jurisdiction.  Instead the City Dept of Lot Cleaning comes out with a bulldozer and a giant rototiller but never clears the slopes of dry weeds, nor trims the trees per the Fire Dept's regulations (like you have to clear your lots to).  And somehow, the lot owner never faces consequences for this negligence.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 10, 2012.  In case there was any doubt the tree was cut down...

This one tree is nothing compared to the 12' high pile of dead trees and branches that went down in Red Car Canyon in the December 1, 2011 windstorm.  Despite requests to CD13 since December and numerous requests, since April, from neighbors on Corralitas Drive, Lake View Ave and Riverside Place, those trees still have not been cleared out.