New fuel break near Oscoda High School

The Huron Shores Ranger District is moving forward with a project to create a fuel break in the area of Oscoda High School.

A fuel break, or fire break, is a gap in vegetation or other combustible material that acts as a barrier to slow or stop the spread of a wildfire.

The new fuel break is a continuation of existing fuel breaks within the River Road/Grass Lake Road area that contain several private residences and the Oscoda High School campus. Once complete, the new fuel break, along with others in the area, will allow for increased defensible space for wildfire suppression and prescribed burning implementation.

Creating a fuel break involves cutting, piling and then burning the vegetation. Huron Shores fire employees are performing the work. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2021.