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Fire Safe San Mateo Oct 13: Pathogens and Neighborhood Alliance

Fire Safe San Mateo Oct 13 2021


  • Update and new information on pathogens and diseases affecting bay area trees and increasing our wildfire hazardous fuels.
    • Matteo Garbelotto U.C. Berkley Lab
  • The forming of a neighborhood alliance to address wildfire concerns within a community's fire prone canyons.
    • Jennifer Youstra

Video Link:

Passcode for video: t44=Fz6=


Chat Transcript ( many useful links shared by the Fire Safe Community ) tfire safe Oct

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Fire Safe Aug 11th Don Bullard - Risk Assessment & Rust Day - Why is CA Burning

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Aug 11th Don Bullard

Risk Assessment & Rust Day
Why is CA Burning

Please click here to access the video recording. When prompted, use the passcode: FbA.@6BU


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AB38 - Request a Defensible Space Inspection

Beginning July 1, 2021, AB38 requires a seller of real property located in a high or very high fire hazard severity zone to provide specified documentation to the buyer that the real property is in compliance with the wildfire protection measures described above or a local vegetation management ordinance, or enter into an agreement with the buyer pursuant to which the buyer will obtain documentation of compliance, as provided.

To request an inspection for properties in the SRA (State Responsibility Area managed by CAL FIRE), use the following link:

For properties in the LRA (Local Responsibility Area), work with your Realator or contact your local fire agency for more information.


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Fire Safe San Mateo County July 14, 2021 Meeting Recording

Please use the link below to access the video recording. When prompted, used the passcode: Tu61&LMX


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Fire Safe Advisory Committee


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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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