In the event of an emergency in the mountains, it is always best to dial 911 from a landline. Cell phone calls get routed through CHP to Vallejo, CA. Landline calls will go to the Santa Clara County Communications Center. Alternatively, a caller can dial 408.399.2311 directly. This line is a 24/7 link to Medical, Fire or Law emergency responders.
Chipping Program sponsored by the FireSafe Council will take place in May.
Landscaping Tips to Protect Your Home from Fire Checklist
(Courtesy of The Mountain Network News and CalFire)
Create a defensible space of one hundred feet around your home. It is required by law.
Create a "lean, clean, green zone" by removing all flammable vegetation within thirty feet surrounding your home
Create a "reduced fuel zone" in the remaining seventy feet or to your property line.
You have two options in this area:
A. Create horizontal and vertical spacing between plants. The amount of space will depend on how steep your property is and the size of your plants.
B. Large trees do not have to be removed as long as all of the plants beneath them are removed.
Remove lower tree branches at least six feet from the ground
Landscape with fire resistant plants
Maintain all plants with regular water, and keep dead braches, leaves, and needles removed.
When clearing vegetation, use care when operating equipment such as lawnmowers. One small spark may start a fire; a string trimmer is much safer.
Stack woodpiles at least thirty feet from all structures and remove vegetation within ten feet of woodpiles.
Locate LPG tanks (butane and propane) at least thirty feet from any structure and maintain ten feet of clearance.
Remove all stacks of construction materials, pine needles, leaves, and other debris from your yard.
For other ways to protect your home from fire, visit www.fire.ca.gov
Please exercise caution when working outdoors. Consider hand-pulling weeds and brush to lessen the possibility of an ignition. If you feel the need to weed whack some brush, or use other power tools such as chain saws, please have an active hose handy so you can douse a fire should one erupt. There have been fires locally already with one Shaded Fuel Break on Beardsley Rd ( like the one prepared along AH Rd) helping to contain the fire. Please report reckless fire behavior to the Sheriff. And also remember, AHCWD has weed wrenches of varying sizes to assist in brush removal. Customers may borrow these at no cost for one-week intervals. These are great for removing scotch broom, which is very flammable. Contact the office for details.
Our annual chipping program, hosted by the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council (SCFSC), is coming again in May 2017, days are TBD. Please put this on your schedule so you can get your piles in place. SCFSC will again be offering the Community Pile for residents who prefer to move their brush piles offsite or At Home chipping for those homeowners who keep their piles on their own property. For At Home chipping please fill out an application online at www.sccfiresafe.org/santa-clara-county-fuel-reduction-programs and select the Online Defensible Space Chipping Application. Also, please consider donating to the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council to support chipping programs that reduce hazardous fuel around our homes and communities; all their funding this year comes from local sources. Without your donations , SCFSC programs would not be possible.