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San Mateo Countywide Vegetation Map Landscape Database Project

At the June 9 Fire Safe San Mateo County meeting Danny Franco of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy presented a stakeholder update on the county vegetation map and landscape databse project. This project has already proven valuable to many stakeholders and partners to inform vegetation management. This information has also been used for grant proposal applications. In the near future post-fire digital imagery and data will be collected to capture information about the CZU Lightning Complex fires and inform recovery. 

Click here to view the full presentation

Click here to view the technical report pubished January 2021 which discusses Fuel Model Maps and Fire Behavior Maps.

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Letter from the Fire Safe San Mateo County President

Please see below a letter from the Fire Safe President, Denise Enea. 

Letter 1

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VIDEO: April Fire Safe Presentations

At April's Fire Safe Council Meeting, there were two presentations, which were recorded and are available for download below. 


Paul Hessburg, Ph.D., Research Ecologist, USDA-FS

Our wildfire problem; How we got here and What we can do about it


Sheena Sidhu, Ph.D., Erica Harris, and David Cowman, Forest Health and Fire Resiliency Program, San Mateo Resource Conservantion District (RCD)

Collaborative Forest Health and Fire Resiliency for San Mateo County

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Informational Meeting for Prescribed Burn, SFPUC

There will be an informational meeting for the Prescribed Burn Project planned for San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) land. The meeting will be Wednesday, March 24, 7pm-8pm
Webinar: 645149 Passcode: 645149

Or Telephone: 669-900-6833


Sarah Collamer, Forester I CAL FIRE
Richard Sampson, Forester II CAL FIRE
Jonathan Cox, Deputy Chief San Mateo
Jonathan Perrin, Peninsula Area Land Manager, SFPUC

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Fire Weather Research Workshop, April 8-9, 2021

SJSU Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center is hosting a Fire Weather Workshop, April 8-9, 2021

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This year, the workship will have an extended speaker list of colleagues and partners from across the world to provide an international perspective on current fire weather reesarch. Sessions include: fuels and fire danager, remote sensing of fire environment, fire weather indices and case studies, coupled fire-atmosphere modeling advances, and smoke modeling and impacts. For more information vist the webiste (click here). Register here 

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VIDEO: March Fire Safe Presentation

Presentation: Changes in fire risk for climate change in San Mateo County. 

Isabel Pares Ramos, San Mateo Office of Sustainability and LeRoy Westerling, UC Merced

link to video here

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Wildfire Cameras Installed in Several San Mateo County Locations

Thanks to sponsorship from CAL FIRE, PGE, and local fire agencies, ALERTWildfire has installed several wildfire cameras in strategic locations throughout San Mateo county and the western United States.

ALERTWildfire is a consortium of three universities -- The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), University of California San Diego (UCSD), and the University of Oregon (UO) -- providing access to state-of-the-art Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) fire cameras and associated tools to help firefighters and first responders: (1) discover/locate/confirm fire ignition, (2) quickly scale fire resources up or down appropriately, (3) monitor fire behavior through containment, (4) during firestorms, help evacuations through enhanced situational awareness, and (5) ensure contained fires are monitored appropriately through their demise.

To view wildfire cameras and get more information on ALERTWildfire, follow the link below:

ALERTWildfire | Network Map 

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Wildfire Temporary Jobs Assistance Program

Celia Hare of the Center for Employment Training (based in San Jose, CA) presented at the March Fire Safe Council meeting. She shared information about the 2020 August Wildfire Temporary Jobs Assistance Program which is currently serving San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. This program is focused on public or non-profit land post-fire clean up by their crews. 

At this time, the program is both identifying potential job sites and recruiting people for the program. 

If you are interested in leanring more, please reach out to Celia Hare: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (408) 534-5339

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Firelighter and Wildland Firefighter Training

The Central Coast Prescribed Burn Council (CCPBA) is hosting Prescribed Firelighter and Wildland Firefighter Training. 

The workshop will be held in three locations:

  • April 3: Santa Lucia Conservancy, Carmel, Monterey CO
  • April 10: Paicines Ranch, San Benito CO
  • April 11: Davenport, Santa Cruz Co

These are all day events 9:00am - 5:00pm

Register here: Prescribed Firelighter and Basic Wildland Firefighter Training (


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California's Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan

California's Wildfire and Forest and Resilience Action Plan was released January 2021 by the Forest Management Task Force. It is a call to action for California's growing forest and wildfire crisis. It is designed to strategically accelerate efforts to: 

  • Restore the health and reslience of California forests, grasslands and natural places
  • Improve the fire safety of our communities
  • Sustain th economic vitality of rural forested areas 

Link here:

Action Plan

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