Monday, September 21, 2015

Battling the Butte Fire

The deadly wildfires that continue to rage in Northern California have destroyed more than 1,600 structures, burned through thousands of acres, and displaced hundreds of people. 

During large wildfires like these, Caltrans helps with monitoring roadblocks and providing traffic control. Then, when firefighters have extinguished the flames and hotspots, Caltrans takes on fire cleanup. Crews get to work on replacing guardrail and signage, removing dead trees and shrubs, and reintroducing native plants to prevent erosion. 

Check out the video below to get a glimpse into the areas affected by the Butte Fire in Calaveras County, now 74% contained, and the department’s commitment to assisting communities both during and after a wildfire strike.