Fuel Reduction Programs
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A car fire on Highway 17 started a wildland fire that began racing up the forested slopes towards Redwood Estates on June 27 2016, threatening 20 homes. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and contained to 3 acres just below the structures. The highway was shut down for many hours however due to the risk of dead tree snags weakened by the fire falling into the traffic lanes. Large trucks diverted from the highway soon got stuck on the narrow mountain roads, bringing traffic leaving the fire area to a halt. The FireSafe Council will be working with our fire and law enforcement agencies in the coming weeks to discuss evacuation planning for this vulnerable area.
Our Firesafe Council has been awarded a $99,000 SRA FPF grant for the Highway 17 Corridor Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project Near Redwood Estates. See our press release to learn more about how the community has been pressuring Caltrans to address the fire hazards along the highway for many years. Press Release
Senator Jim Beall was very helpful in bringing the urgency of the project forward; he will be hosting a meeting in Redwood Estates on July 26th at 6pm at the Redwood Pavilion to discuss the terrible tree mortality problems we are facing in our forests, as well as provide information about the project.
We have also uploaded our March 2016 presentation to the Safe on 17 Committee, which includes an in-depth discussion of the reasons for the project, what the plans are, provides maps of the project area and much much more. Safe on 17 presentation
CAL FIRE has released the 2016 SRA Fire Prevention Fee Program Report. Santa Clara County has received 2 grants from this program. Last year our Countywide CWPP was funded (see below), and this year our Highway 17 Corridor Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project was funded (see above).
The Draft Countwide Community Wildfire Protection Plan is ready for your review. Please visit our CWPP page and download the document and maps, and send in your comments to help us prepare the final plan.
Learn about the first Firewise community in Santa Clara County: read the Jackson Oaks story in our latest newsletter article.
CAL FIRE's Santa Clara Unit continues to support Santa Clara County FireSafe Council for our work to promote defensible space and to conduct fuel reduction projects. Read the letter ...
Incl the #SandFire over 67,000 acres of Nat'l Forest lands in Calif have burned so far this year. 67k acres above but near avg for July 23
RT @PaloAltoPolice: Traffic Advisory: Eastbound Embarcadero Rd. closed between Newell and Louis as we investigate an injury collision https…
#RockFire [update] off Highway 67 & Rockhouse Road, near Ramona (San Diego County) is now 20 acres & 5%. Decrease due to better mapping.
Firefighters are battling a 25 acre fire off Highway 101 and San Antonio River, south of Bradley (Monterey County). #BradleyFire
Santa Clara County FireSafe Council
2053 Lincoln Avenue, Suite B
San Jose, CA 95125
Telephone: (408) 975-9591
Fax: (408) 624-9316
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