Every five years or so the commune clears undergrowth along all roads and tracks for fire safety to provide escape routes and access for the pompiers. It is called débroussaillage and landowners are required to clear their own properties along driveways and around houses. Tractors are fitted with stripping blades which shred all small trees and undergrowth, sometimes spitting pieces more than fifty metres. Pines are taken out but oak trees are preserved. We’re adjusting to a bare landscape and previously hidden views of Mont Ventoux, awaiting spring which will bring a re-greening of the ground.