The Saratoga Area FireSafe Council (SAFSC) is part of the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council (SCFSC). SCFSC is a non-profit organization composed of individuals, public and private agencies and companies that share a common, vested interest in preventing and reducing losses from wildfires.
Saratoga Pierce Road Fuel Break Project
The Saratoga Area FireSafe Council is collaborating with the City of Saratoga, PG&E, and the Mountain Winery to implement a fuel break project on Pierce Road. This effort will help protect lives, homes and the environment in the Wildland Urban Interface Zone of Saratoga. The project will involve removing brush and low tree branches along 0.8 miles of Pierce Road, between Mt. Eden Road and Hwy 9, and will also extend up onto the eastern flank of the mountain to a vineyard near the concert venue. Dead trees will also be removed, as well as a few very combustible blue gum eucalyptus trees. This type of hazardous fuel reduction project is one of the measures called for in the City of Saratoga's Safety Element to help reduce the risk of wildfire.
There will be a public informational meeting for neighbors to learn more about the project on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Mountain Winery; all are welcome to attend. Additionally, we will be posting maps, photos, and other materials describing the project on our project page. You can also contact our Saratoga Area Manager, Patty Ciesla, for more information about this project and other initiatives in the Saratoga area.
Saratoga Residents Invited to Learn More About Fire Prevention
Saratoga is one of 14 communities in Santa Clara County that has been identified as being at risk for wildfires. Furthermore, California’s drought has extended the fire season well into winter and puts hillside areas at further risk for wildfire. Properties owners in the Saratoga Wildland Urban Interface Area, the western hillside portion of the Saratoga that is particularly susceptible to wildfire, are invited to a meeting on February 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Saratoga Fire Station located at 14380 Saratoga Avenue in Saratoga to learn more about protecting their property from wildfire.
In 2013, the City of Saratoga, Saratoga Fire Protection District, and Santa Clara County FireSafe Council teamed up to provide hazardous fuel reduction services and wildfire awareness education to the properties owners in both the City of Saratoga as well as the Saratoga Fire Protection District.
Learn more about services provided through this collaboration, such as chipping of materials cleared from defensible space, and find out how to become more involved in protecting your community from wildfire at the meeting on February 25, 2014.
Read this announcement on the City of Saratoga Web Site.
Wildfire Education and Free Chipping Services for Saratoga Residents
Saratoga is one of 14 communities in Santa Clara County that has been identified as being at risk for wildfires.
Property owners in sections of Saratoga that are particularly susceptible to wildfire are required to establish defensible space by clearing brush and grass around permanent structures and road or driveways used for evacuation purposes. This practice helps slow or stop the spread of wildfire and thereby reduces property damage and loss of life during fires.
To encourage residents to create defensible space in wildfire prone areas of Saratoga, the City along with the Saratoga Fire District will be educating residents about wildfire prevention and offering free chipping of brush cleared from defensible space in compliance with City tree regulations. This service will be provided through the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council, a non-profit organization.
From the Spring 2014 The Saratogan
Compliance with City Code Article 15-50 regarding Tree Regulations is required in connection with all work in the City of Saratoga.