DRAFT Wildfire Prevention Plan Workshops next week for YOUR input

Posted: 5/3/2016 3:19am


Please attend one of our Draft Community Wildfire Prevention Plan workshops! Help us make your community safer by reviewing our prevention plan and providing input to our planning team on whether we got your neighborhood's environment, risks, and important resources identified correctly, and if our prevention and preparation plans focus on the right priorities.

Monday May 2nd @ 7PM- 9PM
Focused on the East Foothills
Milpitas Senior Center Auditorium
40 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas

Tuesday May 3rd @ 7PM- 9PM
Focused on Morgan Hill, Gilroy and the South County
Morgan Hill Community Center, Hiram Room
17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Wednesday May 4th @ 7PM- 9PM
Focused on Monte Sereno, Los Gatos and the Lexington Hills
Pavilion at Redwood Estates

21450 Madrone Drive, Los Gatos, CA 95033

Monday May 9th @ 7PM- 9PM
Focused on Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto
Community Hall, 10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014

We are seeking feedback on our DRAFT Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) at workshops that will be happening next week and the following.

A draft Santa Clara County county-wide CWPP has been developed. This takes our existing Lexington Hills CWPP and other local CWPPs (such as Croy, Palo Alto, and San Jose East Foothills) and updates and builds on them. It expands on and covers the gaps between the local CWPPs. The countywide CWPP will establish priorities for the FireSafe Council and others for projects to help protect against and prevent wildfires.

This project to develop a countywide CWPP is being organized by the Santa Clara County Fire Department in partnership with CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit and the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council. It is funded by a grant from the SRA Fire Prevention Fee that many of us pay annually. SCCFD hired a professional consulting firm to develop the plan: SWCA Environmental Consultants.

We are looking for input from those of you that live in the high wildfire risk areas on this draft plan. The plan covers a variety of elements and takes many factors into consideration, including vegetation and tree types, tree mortality, fuel loading, slope, aspect, weather/climate, roads, homes, other structures and facilities at risk, water sources, distance from fire stations, and the like. Also factors such as age of construction, building materials, demographics, land use and zoning, etc.

Your input is needed! Local residents know their communities best! Please come and provide local knowledge, express your concerns and opinions about priorities, and so forth. Make sure we are getting this right!

The meeting dates, times, and locations are distributed in different areas of the county for your convenience; you are welcome to attend any meeting if the date of the nearest location doesn't work for you. 

We hope to see you at one of the meetings! If you cannot attend you are welcome to send your ideas to our email address below. Thank you for supporting the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council!