The Palo Alto Foothills consist of a mix of urban, semi-urban and open space lands on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Within the city limits of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Foothills area west of the Foothills Expressway and Junipero Serra Boulevard represents a Wildland Urban Interface area (WUI) with significant impacts to public safety, cultural and economic activities, and environmental and natural resource management. The Palo Alto Foothills Area includes two city-managed areas: Foothills Park and the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve. In an effort to implement an updated Fire Management program for the Foothills, the City of Palo Alto conducted a review of the fire hazards, mitigation activities, and environmental considerations for the area to develop recommendations for wildland fuels and fire management.
The Fire Management Plan addresses a broad range of integrated activities and planning documents to address and mitigate the impacts of fire hazards in the Palo Alto Foothills Area. The area of interest includes the areas west of Foothills Expressway to the city limits of Palo Alto. Fire mitigation project areas include the boundaries of Foothills Park and Pearson-Arastradero Preserve within this area of interest.
The Palo Alto Foothills Fire Management Plan was developed by Carol Rice of Wildland Resource Management, Inc. for the City of Palo Alto.
Click on the Midpeninsula FireSafe Council Projects link below for progress and updates on the Palo Alto Foothills Fire Management Plan