Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Annual Defensible Space Chipping Scheduled to Begin in March

The annual Defensible Space Chipping program is scheduled to begin on March 2, 2015. Please review the scheduled chipping dates and make sure your cut material is placed in front of your home no later than the first day chipping is scheduled to begin in your area. Also, make sure that your cut vegetation is visible from the roadway and placed in front of your home no sooner than 2 weeks before chipping is scheduled to begin in your area. Crews will not make second passes through chipping area.

Chipping Area Start Date
Sheffield/Parma 3/2
Las Canoas 3/16
Sycamore Canyon/Las Alturas 3/30
West Mountain 4/13
San Roque/Ontare 4/27
Eucalyptus Hill 5/11
Coyote Rd./Westmont/Circle 5/26
Las Tunas 6/1
Lower Riviera 6/15

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.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Road Clearance Update

As we head into the winter season we are nearing the completion of our annual vegetation road clearance project. We have completed approximately 35 miles this year and have about 7 more to go.

The roads that we have left to finish are:

Sycamore Canyon
Tremonto Rd
Mission Ridge Rd
Ridge Ln
Mira Vista Ave
Paterna Rd
Lausen Rd
Dover Rd
Dover Hill Rd
Alameda Padre Serra (upper section)
Arguello Rd
Oramas Rd
California St
Grande Ave
Sierra St
Maple St
Cleveland Ave
Orena St
Emerson Ave
E Pedregosa St
Prospect Ave
Mountain Drive

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.