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Ad Hoc Wildfire Preparedness Committee

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Ad Hoc Wildfire Preparedness Committee


Given the inherent risk of wildfire in Portola Valley and the changing character of wildfires due to climate change, the Town Council has formed a new ad hoc committee on wildfire preparedness in order to advise the Council, on a limited duration basis, on ways to reduce wildfire danger, and increase resident resiliency in a wildfire emergency.

The committee is began meeting in early June, and will have an accelerated schedule to allow for short-term wildfire preparedness recommendations to reach the Council later this summer. 


Committee Members   Meets: As scheduled 

 Chair: Michael Tomars

 Vice Chair: Dale Pfau


  • Resident Communications and Outreach/Evacuation Routes – Dale Pfau (Chair), Lorrie Duval
  • Home Hardening/Insurance/Infrastructure Back-up – Jeff Aalfs (Chair), Al Sill, Karen Vahtra
  • Vegetation Management/Defensible Space – Marianne Plunder (Chair), Michael Tomars, Karen Vahtra, Jennifer Youstra



To view meeting agendas and materials for this committee, please click the links below:

 Meeting Date       Agenda        Minutes      
 July 2, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 October 21, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 March 4, 2020  Agenda  Minutes
 April 23, 2020  Agenda