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Mobilizing the people of Santa Clara County to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires

Mobilizing the people of Santa Clara County to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires

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Jackson Oaks Becomes Santa Clara County's First Firewise Community

two men holding up a Firewise Community sign
Alan Bicho of Jackson Oaks (left) and Morgan Hill Fire Marshall Dwight Good (right) hold Jackson Oaks' new Firewise Community sign

Since February 2016, the Morgan Hill community of Jackson Oaks has raised the community's level of safety from wildfire. Their efforts focused on fuel reduction, landscaping changes and simple modifications to homes. As a result, on September 9, NPFA awarded the community its Firewise designation.

Loma Fire - Mercury News Quotes SCFSC

CAL FIRE crew on a ridge, left side unburned, right side burned
A CAL FIRE crew fights hots spots from the Loma Fire on a ridge near Loma Prieta Way 9/27/2016 (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)

This article about the Loma Fire posted 9/27 by the San Jose Mercury News quotes SCFSC members in the story. The Loma fire is the fourth fire to burn over the last 15 years in this beautiful, rustic place. Includes Loma fire photos, video and a map.

Tree Mortality Workshop Saturday, October 15, at West Valley College in Saratoga

Please join us for a tree mortality workshop on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at West Valley College in Saratoga. The workshop is free and open to the public, and will include a combination of indoor presentations and a field trip to Sanborn Park. The Northern California Society of American Foresters, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Guadalupe-Coyote and Loma Prieta Resource Conservation Districts, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Santa Clara County Parks Department, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, West Valley College, City of Saratoga and Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency are sponsoring the workshop. RSVP's are required. Please see flyer for additional information.

Hwy 17 Fuel Break Project and June 2016 Fire

Near Redwood Estates - Highway 17 Corridor Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project and Safe on 17 Presentation

CALFIRE Plane retardant drop Redwood Estates 06 27 17A 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

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

evacuation on Skyline 35 between Gist and Bear Creek Road 6 29 16sm

CAL FIRE Continues to Support SCFSC

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 ...

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