The implementation of the East Dunne Ave Escape Route Project will be completed in three phases and serve to enhance fire resiliency by reducing ladder fuels, creating areas of shaded fuel break, reducing invasive species, and improving the functionality of the escape route during an evacuation making it safer for travel. In addition, this will also reduce the risk of a roadside fire escaping into the wildland as well as add strength to Santa Clara County’s developing shaded fuel break system and provide opportunities to protect or manage watersheds from future wildfires. Additionally, reducing competition in the understory and treating hazardous trees were feasible will create a healthier, more vigorous forest, and natural habitat.
This escape route project will be executed over the course of three phases. The SCCFSC is tentatively scheduling phases 1 & 2 for 2023 and phase 3 for TBD. Those three phases are broken down accordingly…
- Phase 1 – will start at the intersection of E. Dunne Ave. & Holiday Rd. (37.14431° N, 121.59431° W) and continue for approximately 1.2 miles, ending at the Southern end of Anderson Lake Bridge (37.15315° N, 121.58177° W).
- Phase 2 – will start at the north end of Anderson Lake Bridge (37.15373° N, 121.58183° W) and continue for approximately 4.4 miles, ending at the intersection where E. Dunne Ave. meets Finely Ridge Rd (37.16693° N, 121.57649° W)
- Phase 3 – will begin at the Intersection of E. Dunne Ave. & Finely Ridge Rd (37.16693° N, 121.57649° W) and continue for approximately 3.5 miles, ending near the entrance to Henry W. Coe State Park, (37.18735° N, 121.54708° W).
Each of the three phases will unite for an overall coverage area that follows along E. Dunne Ave. starting near the entrance to Holiday Lake Estates at the intersection of E. Dunne Ave. and Holiday Rd., (37.14431° N, 121.59431° W) and ending near the entrance to Henry W. Coe State Park, (37.18735° N, 121.54708° W). The total length of all three phases adds up to be approximately 9.1 miles in one direction. After the completion of all three phases, the length of treated roadway will account for a total linear distance of 18.2 miles. With a speculated average treatment depth of 30 feet from the roadside edge on both sides of E. Dunne Ave., the approximate total treated acreage would account for over 66 acres of freshly manicured, wildfire resilient, escape route which local area residents will utilize during an evacuation worthy event.
Scope of Work
Work within 30-50 feet of roads and driveways:
- Remove small trees under 6” diameter; leave stumps in the ground.
- Remove dead trees; Leave wood/logs over 6” diameter that cannot be chipped on site.
- Remove tree limbs under 3” diameter a minimum of 8 feet above grade or three times the height of any remaining undergrowth fuel layer, whichever is higher.
- For small trees, remove branches from lower 2/3 of tree, or up to 8 feet, whichever is less.
- Remove any dead woody vegetation.
- Remove shrubs (ladder fuels) under and next to trees; cut off branches above the ground; leave root systems intact.
- Selectively remove some shrubs and smaller trees to create spacing between tree canopies or shrub groups. Break up continuous vegetation into smaller groupings.
- Chip material generated by above activities; chips will be left on the property at a location acceptable to the property owner and the FireSafe Council contractor.