2013 Fire Season Declared by State
The Woodside Fire Protection District (WFPD) is advising Portola Valley residents that the 2013 Fire Season has been officially declared by the State of California. Climatic and meteorological indicators suggest a severe fire season for the entire state. With one of the driest rainfall seasons on record, fire danger in our rural community remains high.
WFPD is urging residents to be proactive in their fire prevention measures. Areas of maintenance should include 30-100 ft. from all structures and 30 ft. within the perimeter of your property line.
The following is a list of items that are required by the Fire Code to maintain fire compliance on your property:
- Mow annual grass to a height of 4-6 inches.
- Remove dead material and reduce the height of large shrubs and bushes.
- Create a separation between trees and shrubs.
- Limb up tree branches 5-7 feet off the ground and trim branches away from structures.
- Clean roofs, gutters and decks of leaves and debris.
- Replace fire prone and invasive plants and trees with native fire resistant specimens. See http://www.firesafesanmateo.org/resources/invasive-species for planting suggestions.
In the coming months, the Fire District will be out in force inspecting properties to ensure compliance with Government Code 51182 and the Fire District's Ordinance.
All property owners are urged to consider utilizing ignition resistant building materials in the construction or remodeling of their homes. It is also recommended that peroperty owners inspect their structures for any susceptibility to ember intrusion that could assist in ignition of their home during a wildland fire.
Useful tips and information on safeguarding your home from a wildland fire and WFPD's annual chipper program can be found at www.woodsidefire.org.
If you should need further information, please contact Fire Marshal Denise Enea at firstname.lastname@example.org.