Until 3 p.m. today, drivers should expect delays on Malum Ridge Road (274) near Bass Lake as removal of hazardous dead trees continues through a cooperative effort by numerous government agencies.
Fuels Battalion Chief Burt Stalter, with the Bass Lake Ranger District, said tree removal is taking place from Marina View to Mono Wind Way.
“We are going to try to finish the cutting in one day since there is not many trees left in this section,” Stalter said.
The project is similar to a three-day effort from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3 along Road 274, with cooperation between the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire, and the Madera County roads and sheriff’s departments to clear out more of the hazardous trees.
Around 1,100 of the trees, mostly dead Ponderosa Pines due to bark beetle invasions and continued drought, were felled in that project, Cal Fire Unit Forester Len Nielson said.
Road delays today will be less prevalent than in that previous project, and efforts will be made to keep closures to under 30 minutes if any trees must be felled onto the roadway.
To use the wood, special permits are being worked on to allow for residents to collect it. Call the Bass Lake Ranger District at (559) 877-2218 for information.