Thursday, September 7, 2017

Vegetation Road Clearance Begins

The City of Santa Barbara’s Fire Department will begin implementing the annual High Fire Hazard Vegetation Road Clearance Project starting next week within the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District. The work will continue through February 2018. For the full list of roads we will be completing this year, click here

This year 14.5 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 Areas 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 5 years we have been able to recycle 100% of the chipped material. If you are interested in obtaining wood chips or have any other questions about the Assessment District or Road Clearance, you can call the Fire Department at 965-5254.

To watch a short video about the Vegetation Road Clearance Program, please click the here.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Defensible Space Chipping - West Mountain/Coyote Rd

Defensible Space Chipping for the West Mountain/Coyote Rd chip area starts Monday, June 5th, for homeowners who are within the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District. If you are a resident of this chip area make sure 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. These instructions are also available online by clicking the link below. 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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Defensible Space Chipping - Las Tunas

Defensible Space Chipping for the Las Tunas chip area starts Monday, May 15th, for homeowners who are within the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District. If you are a resident of this chip area make sure 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. These instructions are also available online by clicking the link below. 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.