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