Monday, August 11, 2014

Get ready for Road Clearance!

The City of Santa Barbara’s Fire Department will be implementing the High Fire Hazard Vegetation Road Clearance Project starting on August 18, 2014. The work will continue through January 31, 2015.

This year 41.5 miles of roads will be cleared through funds established by the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District in both the Extreme Foothill and Foothill Zone of the City’s high fire hazard area. 

The purpose of vegetation road clearance is to reduce the total amount of vegetation along roadways, enhance evacuation during a wildland fire and allow greater access for fire engines and equipment to respond during a wildfire.

It is very important to maintain and keep up the work that has been completed.  Maintaining roadways is not only important for your safety but the safety of the community.

Since the Fire Department is not able to complete every mile of road in the high fire hazard area on an annual basis,the maintenance of the road clearance work is the responsibility of each property owner. Santa Barbara Municipal Code requires homeowners to make sure that vegetation on their property does not encroach onto adjacent roadways.This effort includes keeping evacuation routes clear of flammable vegetation and thinning vegetation along the roadways.

In years past we have been able to recycle 98%of the chipped material and accomplished the same this year. If you have questions related to the project or have questions related to City property requirements you can call the Fire Department at 965-5254.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Annual Defensible Space Chipping Completed

We have finished our annual Defensible Space Chipping Project for 2014! This year we successfully chipped over 250 tons of vegetation within the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District. Thank you to all of the homeowners who have once again made our annual Defensible Space Chipping Project a success.

Next year’s schedule of chipping areas will be posted in our newsletter that will go out January 2015 and will also be available online. Make sure you review all the information provided when you receive the newsletter as the starting dates for each chipping area can change annually. If you have any questions about annual Defensible Space Chipping Project or would like to schedule a Voluntary Defensible Space Inspection and you live within the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District, please contact Chris Braden with the City of Santa Barbara Fire Department at (805)564-5737.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Defensible Space Chipping - Lower Riviera

Defensible Space Chipping for the Lower Riviera chip area starts Monday, June 9th, for homeowners who are within the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District. If you are a resident of this chip area, please remember to have your piles out by the date posted.

Please remember to review the instructions for chipping that are printed in the annual newsletter and on the vegetation chipping notice you should have received prior to our crews chipping in your area. If you have any questions about the annual chipping program or would like to schedule a Voluntary Defensible Space Inspection, please contact Chris Braden with the Santa Barbara City Fire Department at 564-5737