Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHolmberg, J, Bennett, M
Series TitleReducing Hazardous Fuels on Woodland Property
Document NumberEC 1576-E
Date Published08/2008
InstitutionOregon State University
CityCorvallis, OR
Keywordsextension publications and factsheets, fuels and fuel treatments

Pruning is removing the lower branches of trees. Increasing the distance between the ground and the lowest tree branches reduces the likelihood that a fire on the ground will use the branches as a ladder to move into tree crowns. A crown fire is more difficult to control and can advance much more rapidly than a surface fire, under certain weather conditions.Pruning is a particularly effective fuels-reduction technique when combined with other forms of treatment such as thinning.