Ladder fuel is a term which describes material on or near the ground that will carry fire to the crown of the tree, ie. bitterbrush, dead down wood and branches, limbs attached to the tree and touching the ground, and dead lower limbs. We hear this term often in Central Oregon because so much rural property has been neglected and fuels have built up over the years. We have become ladder fuel specialists, and have developed equipment and techniques designed for safe and efficient removal of these fuels. Remember, ladder fuel reduction also accomplishes real estate value enhancement and is a good way to clean up a large subdivision, prior to initial lot sales.