I don’t like falling living trees but this 60 foot oak was already dying prior to me starting the saw. See that slightly black spot in the center of that trunk. That’s the start of black oak death and within a year this tree would be dead, dry and dangerous.
Tree experts say that the culprit is a mold on the leafs of bay trees. It somehow infects the oaks and it spreads like wildfire once it does. Some people like to garden, I enjoy clearing underbrush. Maybe I was a fire jumper in some past life, I doubt it but it sound cool. California is a tinder box dry ready to light and clearing dry underbrush is a good idea, it’s all about defendable space should a fire happen… Off to play! This too will pass