The SR17 Fuel Break Project
will improve wildfire safety
along and near Highway 17 by reducing the wildfire fuel load
The SR17 Fuel Break Project Team is in the early and rapidly evolving stages of growth. The Project Core Team is developing a well thought out and efficient plan of action at the direction of the Governor of California. The mandate was to identify areas in the State of California’s “Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)” that required proactive action. Chemeketa Park is located in one of the selected areas. The SR17 Fuel Break Project will have a direct, immediate and positive impact on Chemeketa Park’s fire safety.
A team from CAL FIRE and the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council will be knocking on doors soon requesting permission to access selected properties to assess fire hazards and develop a plan to mitigate the hazard. Look for them beginning on Saturday, July 27,2019. Work crews are tentatively scheduled to start work in September. The crews will remove brush, dead or dying trees and clean up the lower branches of the remaining trees in order to create a “shaded fuel break/evacuation route”, which will slow and reduce the spread of a wildfire. Work will only occur on parcels with willing landowners. If you live along or very close to Ogallala Warpath Trail, please expect a visit. More details to follow.
In the meantime, the team has created a website that will be updated regularly. Check out the website at www.firesafe17.com. You will find a ton of information including announcements of upcoming public information meetings, links to downloads, and a form where you can ask questions. The team will get back to you quickly!
The San Jose Water Montevina pipe replacement project began June 24th. The first part of this project, locating the pipes, has been completed. They are currently in the next stage of the project which includes closing Old Santa Cruz Hwy.from Idylwild to Ogallala Warpath (lower park entrance) as they dig up the street and replace the pipes. The crew will be working during the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for the next few weeks. OSCH will be opened at the end of each day, after construction.
We may have to exit the Park at the Edwards or upper Ogallala exit and enter Hwy. 17 via Holy City / Redwood Estates. Be safe and give yourself extra time during these hours.
If drying is slower than expected, schedule may change.
Day 1 – Monday June 17
Day 2 – Begin Tuesday, June 18, but may end mid-afternoon to help with Wed am garbage trucks
Day 3 – Thursday, June 20 or maybe Friday, June 21
Keep checking this website, Nextdoor and Facebook for updates.
Starting today, June 14th, and ongoing throughout the summer we will enjoy road work in and around our community.
Here are the highlights:
Week of June 17th - community road sealing (do not drive on wet sealant, takes 24 hours to dry)
From June 20th thru September, from Idyewild to Holy City along Old Santa Cruz Highway San Jose Water is replacing a water main.
An more detailed overview of both projects in https://mailchi.mp/1c6789c6ce87/2019-summer-road-work-overview
Dear Residents of Chemeketa Park:
Construction to build the long-awaited retaining wall on Lower Comanche will begin next week. This is an important infrastructure project to keep that section of road from failing with more rain.
Equipment will be put in place this Monday, May 27th. The project should begin Tuesday, May 28 and take 6-8 days.
Please be aware that there will be road closures in the area of Lower Comanche near Assinboine. As soon as there are more details about which roads will be blocked and the hours the work will be taking place, we will send another notice out. Please notify your neighbors if you live in this area of the park. We will also ask the POD Leaders to get the word out.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.