CAL FIRE is required to map all areas of the State of California to designate fire severity zones based upon fuels, terrain, weather, and other relevant factors. The maps cover State Responsibility Areas (SRA's) and Local Responsibility Areas (LRA's). SRA's cover the unincorporated regions of the State, while the LRA's cover incorporated cities and towns.
CAL FIRE has transmitted their recommendations for the Very High Severity Zone for the Town of Portola Valley.
The hazard maps are to be used to identify areas where ignition resistant building standards will be required for new construction, to identify properties requiring defensible space maintenance, and by sellers to disclose natural hazards at the time of property sale.
The Town Council will be conducting public meetings for consideration of adoption of the CAL FIRE map beginning on February 25, 2009.
A suggested goal of the mapping program outcome is to begin working closely with neighborhood groups to create fuel safe mitigation programs in a concerted effort with Town of Portola Valley and Woodside Fire Representatives.
For questions or comments on Fire Hazard Mapping, please contact Planning Manager Leslie Lambert at (650) 851-1700 ext. 212.