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  • Help needed for ranch cleanup after West Fire

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    Volunteers who want to help West Fire survivors can clean up a severely damaged property this Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Campbell Creek Ranch in Alpine!

    The Back Country Land Trust is in charge of debris removal and conservation effort from 9 a.m. to noon at the fire-damaged ranch at 3535 Alpine Blvd.  The ranch has been a popular Alpine entertainment venue for years.

    Jon Green, BCLT program and outreach director, said the July 6 West Fire blaze burned two homes, a garage, shed, bridge,  stage,  cabin and several vehicles as well  as trees and vegetation.

    “It’s going to take years for that (property) to recover,” Green said. “No amount of insurance money can make trees grow faster.”

    All volunteers must wear appropriate shoes and work clothes or they can’t participate, he said. Green said volunteers also must sign in at the BCLT check-in point before they’re allowed on the property.

    “We’re going to be sifting through ashes for anything salvageable,” said Green. “We will be looking for any useable materials or personal items. Then we’re going to be trimming back the dead brush and watering the surviving trees.”

    It’s the second post-West Fire cleanup by the Back Country Land Trust, a member of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce.

    For more information contact the Back Country Land Trust through their website, http://www.backcountrylandtrust.org/