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Vegetation ManagementFire Department

vegetation removalThe project is aimed at creating a Community Fuels Treatment Network and enhancing Wildland fire safety through numerous Vegetation Management Units throughout the district. The work will provide a break between the continuous decadent stands of chaparral fuel outside the City boundary and in the many canyons/open spaces. This provides a strategic last line of defense for fire protection resources to suppress a wildland fire before it enters more highly populated areas of the City.

This year’s project will be focused within the Alston Place vegetation management unit. The primary focus of the project involves reducing the amount of flammable vegetation by approximately 1/3 to 2/3. Vegetation management will be targeted on the removal of flammable vegetation (brush and under story) by preferentially removing exotic plants, thinning, pruning and limbing of vegetation to remove fire ladders, limbing up of oak over story, pruning out dead material, and thinning out continuous areas of brush using a mosaic pattern.

Vegetation Management Map
This map highlights Vegetation Management in the WFSAD.

Previous Projects

  • Coyote Road: Completed in Spring 2013 in combination with the Community Fuels Hazard Reduction Project funded by a grant provided by the California Fire Safe Council. 7 acres treated and numerous hazard trees removed.
  • Eucalyptus Hill: Completed in Spring 2013 in combination with the Community Fuels Hazard Reduction Project funded by a grant provided by the California Fire Safe Council. 25 acres treated and 73 Eucalyptus trees removed.
  • Hillcrest Road: Completed Spring 2012 in combination with the Community Fuels Hazard Reduction Project funded by a grant provided by the California Fire Safe Council. 16 acres treated.
  • Las Tunas/Mountain Drive: Seven month project completed Spring 2012 in combination with the Community Fuels Hazard Reduction Project funded by a grant provided by the California Fire Safe Council. 15 acres treated.
  • Las Canoas Road: First Vegetation Management Unit project. A total of 18 acres were treated Spring 2011.
  • North Ontare Road: Work occurred in the Extreme Foothill high fire hazard area as part of the Community Fuels Treatment Project. Work was completed utilizing a combination of CalFire hand crews, privately contracted crews and fire department engine company firefighters.
  • Skofield Park/Van’s Meadow: Brush clearance was completed in the Van’s Meadow area of Skofield Park, off Las Canoas, during the first week of February. Cal Fire hand crews, along with a contracted chipping company, successfully cleared over 5 acres and removed 14 exotic trees.
  • Saint Mary’s Seminary: A large portion of the initial project was within the Tea Fire burn area. Before the fire, crews successfully completed approximately 1.5 of the 20 acre project. Their project boundary was modified to include the 5.5 acres that was unburned in the fire. 
Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016