Early next week, city crews will remove five large Eucalyptus trees on the 200 block of Alameda Padre Serra. Work is expected to start Monday, November 4, and concluded by Wednesday, November 6.
“The trees that will be removed are within the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District and have been identified as having a high potential to create hazardous conditions in the event of a wildfire,” said Gary Pitney with City Fire in a prepared statement. “By removing these trees, the City of Santa Barbara will be increasing the overall traffic safety on a major evacuation route in the High Fire Hazard Area.”
The purpose of such work, Pitney went on, is to reduce the amount of flammable vegetation along roadways that act as evacuation routes during fires.