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CAL FIRE San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit Aug. 31 Live Fuel Moisture

 CZU August 31th LFM is posted at National Fuel Moisture Database and summarized below.  Results were all within average for this time of year. 

Location

Current(%)  

8/31/17

Previous (%)

8/10/17

Change

Hwy 35 & 92 - coyote brush

144

N/A

N/A

Pulgas - coyote brush

136

139

-3

Saratoga Summit - chamise

74

80

-6

new growth

79

87

-8

old growth

69

74

-5

Corralitos - manzanita

87

92

-5

new growth

87

93

-6

old growth

87

91

-4

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CAL FIRE San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit Aug. Live Fuel Moisture

CZU August 10th LFM is posted at National Fuel Moisture Database and summarized below.  The Highway 35 & 92 location could not be sample due to an extensive marine layer, which resulted in active precipitation.  Results were all within average for this time of year. 

Location

Current(%)  

8/10/17

Previous (%)

7/26/17

Change

Hwy 35 & 92 - coyote brush

N/A

150

N/A

Pulgas - coyote brush

139

146

-7

Saratoga Summit - chamise

80

82

-2

new growth

87

89

-2

old growth

74

75

-1

Corralitos - manzanita

92

92

0

new growth

93

93

0

old growth

91

91

0

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CAL FIRE San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit July Live Fuel Moisture

CZU July 26th LFM is posted at National Fuel Moisture Database and summarized below.  The Pulgas location was at average levels but all other locations were below average for this time of year. 

Location

Current(%)  

7/26/17

Previous (%)

7/5/17

Change

Hwy 35 & 92 - coyote brush

150

157

-7

Pulgas - coyote brush

146

151

-5

Saratoga Summit - chamise

82

90

-8

new growth

89

94

-5

old growth

75

85

-10

Corralitos - manzanita

92

108

-16

new growth

93

112

-19

old growth

91

104

-13

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CAL FIRE San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit June Live Fuel Moisture

CZU June LFM is posted at the National Fuel Moisture Database and summarized below.  A decline in fuel moisture was observed at all sampling locations, but levels are near average for this time of year.  The increase in old growth moisture at Corralitos was likely a sampling error.  This will be confirmed when the next sample is taken.

Location

Current(%)  

6/20/17

Previous (%)

5/19/17

Change

Hwy 35 & 92 - coyote brush

171

188

-17

Pulgas - coyote brush

168

170

-2

Saratoga Summit - chamise

106

118

-12

new growth

120

143

-23

old growth

92

93

-1

Corralitos - manzanita

126

121

+5

new growth

133

149

-16

old growth

120

93

+27

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Minutes of 6/14 FSSMC Meeting Now Available

On our "Home" page, click the "About Us" tab, and then "Meetings". You will see two options, "Agendas" and "Minutes". Click "Minutes" to find the one for this meeting in the 2017 folder.

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Schedule of Upcoming 2017 FSSMC Meetings

Upcoming meeting dates are 2/8, 4/12, 6/14, 10/11 and 12/13. Meetings are on Wednesdays and start at 9:15 am at 4091 Jefferson Ave. in Redwood City. Our annual barbeque will be on 8/9, location to be determined.

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The Efficacy of Hazardous Fuel Treatments

The Efficacy of Hazardous Fuel Treatments

Click on the link below for a copy of A Special Report from the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University to the U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Wildland Fire.

The reports covers the efficacy of hazardous fuel treatments and is a rapid assessment of the economic and ecologic consequences of alternative hazardous fuel treatments.

Download the Report:

2013-report-Efficacy-of-Hazardous-Fuel-Treatments.pdf

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2016 Living With Fire In San Mateo County Brochure Available

Long awaited and now here! 

The 2016 version provides a comprenhensive rundown on how to protect your home from the risk of wildfire along with a detailed list of resources.

You can accesss it from our "Home" page by clicking on the "Read More" tab as this item scrolls and stops on your screen or through the "Resources" then "Living with Fire" tabs where you can view, download and print it.

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Fire Safe Receives Award Check from FM Global

At the April 13th Fire Safe San Mateo County meeting, FM Global, a Rhode Island-based insurance carrier, presented a check to Fire Safe in the amount of $2,015 for the installation of hazardous fuel road signage at four strategic locations in San Mateo County.  CAL FIRE will be responsible for the installation.

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Fire Safe San Mateo County Awarded Hazardous Fuel Reduction Grant by CAL FIRE

On March 30, 2016, FSSMC received notice from The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) that its grant project entitled Los Tranco/Vista Verde Hazardous Fuel Reduction Program had been selected for funding in the amount of $75,150.  The project will last for two years beginning with community outreach and education in the second quarter of this year followed by hazardous fuel reduction activitivies over the remaining life of the program.

Congratulations and many thanks to those who were instrumental in helping to create a successful application!!

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Winning A Wildfire Preparation Day Grant

Apologies for the very short notice, State Farm is offering $500 per selected grant.  The grant application needs to be in no later than February 28th, so an off-the-shelf proposal is best.

Join individuals and groups of all ages on May 7, and participate in national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activities that will make your community safer from the impacts of future and past wildfires.

For details, check out the following link:

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/wildland-fires/campaigns/national-wildfire-community-preparedness-day

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Your House Could Survive A Wildfire Video from Dr. Jack Cohen

Overview:

Wildland fires are a serious threat to lives and property in the U.S. The combination of drought, warmer temperatures, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years. And, in the last decade, wildfires have burned over 80 million acres of these lands. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), 2015 saw one of the worst fire seasons in decades, with over 10 million acres burned.

Facts and Figures:

  • According to the NIFC, 2015 saw more than 68,000 wildfires burn over 10 million acres.   
  • The U.S. Forest Service reports that 2015 was also the most expensive wildfire season on record, costing $1.71 billion for the year. This total surpasses the previous record of $1.67 billion set in 2002.    A total of 4,636 structures were destroyed by wildfires in 2015, including more than 2,600 homes and more than 100 commercial buildings   
  • The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) cites more than 72,000 U.S. communities are at risk from wildfires.

Be sure to check out this video from Dr. Jack Cohen, Fire Science Researcher, at the USDA Forest Service for details about how a house could survive a wildfire.

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