Oakland residents have filed a lawsuit against the city to prevent firefighters chopping down trees in the Oakland Hills.
The lawsuit comes after FEMA approved more than $4 million for an ongoing project to thin the forest in the area, which exploded in flames during the Oakland Hills firestorm.
An Oakland Fire Department supervisor says the thinning will begin in two places: more than 50 acres above the North Oakland Caldecott Sports Field and more than 60 acres along the ridge line above Highway 24's Caldecott Tunnel.
If approved by the Oakland City Council, the fire department would begin cutting down thousands of small trees in September and October of next year.
Residents who oppose the tree thinning are concerned about herbicides potentially contaminating ground water and an increased risk of mudslides.