Posted: 10/15/2019 8:12am
The rescheduled Board of Directors Meeting will be held this Wednesday, October 16th at 7:30 p.m. at the Chemeketa Park Clubhouse. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Posted: 9/10/2019 8:06am
Please see the Agenda for our our upcoming Board Meeting this Thursday, September 12th at 7:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse.
Hope to see you
Posted: 9/9/2019 9:55am
Please see the latest news release regarding the Highway 17 shaded fuel break.
Posted: 8/26/2019 9:38am
Work on the State Route 17 (SR-17) Shaded Fuel Break Project will begin in the Redwood Estates Community on Monday, August 26th at 9:00 a.m. (Please see the attached map below). This wildfire resilience project to remove brush, dead and dying vegetation, low limbs and hazardous trees will be completed along SR-17 between the Los Gatos Main Street Bridge and the Summit Road/SR-17 overpass.
About the project
This multi-agency project has been funded through the California Climate Initiative. CAL FIRE and Caltrans have shifted local resources to focus attention to this very important and valuable endeavor. This project along with 34 others are currently approved and underway throughout California to increase the resilience of vulnerable communities from the threat of wildfire, improve public and first responder egress and access along roadways. Shaded fuel breaks reduce the ability of fire to climb vertically into the tree canopy, keeping fires close to the ground where they can be more readily extinguished by first responders.
For property owners within the project area
The project will include areas of public and private property; we can only complete work on private property where access is granted by the property owner. Project representatives are in the community now going door to door to obtain permission. You can complete the Property Owner Packet, found at www.firesafe17.com/neighbors to be prepared for a visit or contact the FireSafe Council.
Agencies collaborating with the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council, Caltrans and CAL FIRE include, the California Highway Patrol, Chemeketa Park, Dudek, Redwood Estates, Santa Clara County Fire Department, Santa Clara County Parks, Santa Clara County Roads and Airports, Santa Clara Valley Water District, San Jose Water Company and the Town of Los Gatos.
Over the next several months, workers will be in the community and adjacent SR-17 to complete the work. Traffic in the communities and along SR-17 will be intermittently impacted. The project team is working to reduce traffic impacts on local and regional travel and will provide weekly updates to residents and highway drivers.
Public Information Officer
Additional information and project updates
Information will be shared through multiple sources including the project website at www.firesafe17.com.
Posted: 8/14/2019 4:46pm
The Santa Clara County FireSafe Council and CAL FIRE are working together to complete a shaded fuel break in the Santa Cruz Mountains. A shaded fuel break is one tool that is used to increase the resilience of a community and reduce the risk of catastrophic loss of life and property. Shaded fuel breaks are created by removing brush, dead and dying vegetation and low limbs of trees, reducing the ability of fire to climb vertically into the tree canopy. Keeping any potential fire close to the ground increases the ability for responders to extinguish the fire quickly.
The fuel break is being planned and executed cooperatively by the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council and CAL FIRE. The project will encompass the 6.5 mile corridor along Highway 17 between Los Gatos’ Main Street Bridge and the Summit Road overpass. Adjoining communities, including both public and private land, will be included.
This multi-agency project has been funded through the California Climate Initiative, and the size and scope of this project is unlike anything that has been done in the past. Governor Newsom, who proclaimed a State of Emergency regarding the risk of wildfire to vulnerable communities in California, directed CAL FIRE to make this project -- along with 34 other similar projects in the state -- a top priority. CAL FIRE has shifted local resources to focus attention to this very important and valuable endeavor.
Agencies collaborating with the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council and CAL FIRE include CalTrans, the California Highway Patrol, Chemeketa Park, Dudek, Mid-Peninsula Open Space District, Redwood Estates, Santa Clara County Fire, Santa Clara County Roads and Airports, Santa Clara County Parks, Santa Clara Valley Water District, San Jose Water Company and the Town of Los Gatos.There will be several phases of the project over the coming months. Most of the phases will have minor to no impact on the roadway, however some parts of the project will affect travel on Hwy 17. The project team is working to reduce the impact on travel and will provide early notification to residents and drivers. Information will be shared through multiple sources including radio, notification lists, digital and print media. The project’s website, www.firesafe17.com, provides answers to frequently asked questions, project updates and news reports for commuters and information for residents whose properties are near the designated work areas.