Wednesday, April 7, 2010

CWPP Update

The 30-day public comment period on the initial draft of the CWPP closed on March 19th. During that period, many agencies, organizations, landowners, community members and other stakeholders have submitted thoughtful feedback that will now guide the revision process. CAL FIRE and the RCDs are presently reviewing all comments submitted by email or through attendance at the March public meetings in both counties. Stakeholder comments will be included in the final draft in summary form. The finalized CWPP will be presented for acceptance by the Board of Supervisors in both Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties.

Friday, March 12, 2010

CWPP March 2010 Public Meetings

If you missed the March 2010 Public Meetings to review the draft CWPP, you can review the Powerpoint Presentation slides below.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Public Meeting about the Draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan for San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties

CAL FIRE (San Mateo – Santa Cruz Unit) in partnership with the Resource Conservation Districts of San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties invite you to participate in either of two meetings for the presentation of the draft San Mateo – Santa Cruz County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The purpose of these meetings is to provide an overview of the draft CWPP and to solicit feedback for incorporation into the final draft. The public comment period closes on March 19, 2010.


Santa Cruz County Meeting:
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 6:00pm—8:00pm
Meeting Room at Aptos Village Park
100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos

San Mateo County Meeting:
Thursday, March 11, 2010 6:00pm—8:00pm
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Hall of Justice
400 County Center, Redwood City

If you are unable to participate in a CWPP meeting on either March 9 or 11, please consider sending your information/comments by email:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Draft CWPP and Public Survey are ready for Public Input!


We are pleased to announce the release of the preliminary draft of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan of San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties. This CWPP attempts to identify wildfire hazards in our region and provide strategies to mitigate risk and restore healthier, more resilient ecosystems. It is also a tool for the accrual of grant funding to aid in the implementation of local wildfire prevention projects. It includes feedback solicited over the course of multiple meetings with diverse stakeholders, including local fire professionals, residents, agency and organizational staff, private businesses, large landowners and other members of the community.

For the next thirty days, we invite broad public feedback on the current draft, available for download at San Mateo County RCD's website or at RCD of Santa Cruz County's website. Comments will be accepted on this draft until 5pm on Friday, March 19, 2010, after which CAL FIRE will integrate comments into a final draft for release no later than March 31, 2010. Please direct all comments to this email address (

Please also consider completing a 15-minute online survey to help us better assess local values and concerns about wildfire hazards and risks. You may complete the survey by March 19, 2010 at 5pm, at the following link: Click here to take survey

We thank you in advance for your attention to this important effort toward wildfire prevention in your community.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CWPP Project Proposal Guidelines: Your Feedback Is Needed ASAP!

We are seeking input from homeowners, businesses, landowners, land managers, fire districts and federal, state and local governments about projects you would like included in the CWPP. For example, projects may reduce hazardous fuel loads, develop emergency evacuation plans, improve access for emergency response, or improve understanding of fire on the landscape.

Fire prevention projects that are included in a CWPP are more likely to acquire grant funding and receive assistance from partnerships that have been formed to reduce fire hazards. Fifty percent of federal funds for fuel reduction must be spent in these areas, and communities that develop a CWPP are given priority when funding opportunities for fuels reduction on private and public lands are available.

Please fill out the Project Proposal Guidelines and submit your project by December 23, 2009 to Email us to request the Project Proposal Guidelines as a Word Document. You may also view the Project Proposal Guidelines as a GoogleDoc or as a webpage.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Agency/Large Landowner Meeting


Due to the Lockheed Fire, the 8/13 and 8/14 meetings have been postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience and will reschedule as soon as possible.


On August 13th and 14th, CAL FIRE and the RCDs will host two CWPP input meetings seeking feedback and ideas from:
• Federal Agencies
• State Agencies
• County and local government
• and stakeholders such as Land trusts, Resource operations (timber, mineral, agricultural, etc…), Utilities (electric, water, etc…) and Large property owners

Click here to view a detailed invitation.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP at wildfireplan [at] gmail [dot] com.

Monday, August 3, 2009

San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day

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The 5th Annual San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day is Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 10am-2pm. This year, the county-wide event will be held at South San Francisco High School, 400 B Street, in South San Francisco.

In addition to preparedness instructions, booths, emergency vehicle and
equipment displays and demonstrations and a basic CPR course, speakers will
specifically address the needs of pets, seniors and those with disabilities.

Plus, there will be an H1N1 flu virus update, and helicopters are expected
from the California Department of Forestry, the US Coast Guard and
Lifeflight. The aircraft have always been a crowd favorite, especially
during landings and take-offs.

As in previous years, the event is free, with a free gift for the first 500
families and free hot dogs and soft drinks for everyone. It's a great,
family-oriented, fun and educational event.

If you have any questions, please contact the sheriff's Office of Emergency Services at 650-363-4790.