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Wildfire meeting sparks thoughts on readiness as seasonal threat looms

Original post made on Jul 7, 2019

More than 200 residents received advice on wildfire prevention -- such as creating vegetation-free space around their homes and replacing shingle roofs and wooden siding -- from a panel of officials at a recent town hall meeting.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, July 7, 2019, 8:31 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by David
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2019 at 9:33 am

Wildfire has been part of the bay area’s landscape for thousands of years, the only variable is how many fires and their intensity. This article is all feel good talk, but action speaks volumes. Until you put teeth in the laws to force homeowners to prepare their property by clearing/treating and have an evacuation plan, deaths and injuries will occur.


Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2019 at 9:44 am

The overhead power lines and the danger of them sparking must be one of the most dangerous situations in regard to potential fire hazards.


Posted by Little Pink Boxes
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 7, 2019 at 10:12 am

Just take the gee-dee forests, as Dear Leader told us!


Posted by Firefighter
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2019 at 6:57 pm

Palo Alto Fire Department has not staffed their wildland fire station for years. It used to be staffed from July 1st thru October 31st. Residents who live in the foothills are being shorted with it comes to fire and medical responses. Not the Fire Department it used to be.


Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 7, 2019 at 8:30 pm

I wish dry weeds would be mowed, cut, removed near our 101 freeway entrances/exits, this would reduce risk.


Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2019 at 9:57 am

>> More than 200 residents received advice on wildfire prevention — such as creating vegetation-free space around their homes and replacing shingle roofs and wooden siding

Are there still houses in/near wildlands with shingle/shake roofs/siding? If so, I'm surprised that the owners could get/keep insurance.

It is time to take it to the next level anyway. Australia has been very active in understanding wildfires and changing building construction methods to reduce exposure. There is a wealth of information on various websites in Australia. e.g. Web Link


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