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As fire danger increases, emergency responders keep watchful eye on the foothills

Original post made on Aug 31, 2021

With wildfire threats growing, Palo Alto is looking to shut down barbecue pits in the foothills, accelerate its efforts to trim flammable vegetation and become a "test bed" for new surveillance technologies.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 31, 2021 at 9:11 pm

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I am a frequent visitor to Foothills Park. It has many dead trees, trees with dead branches and even worse dead, rotting trees just left in place. All these things are fuel for a fire.

There needs to be forest management. It is not down to home owners alone to remove combustible vegetation from around their homes alone. The combustible vegetation aka dead trees in the forest must be removed. Live trees are unlikely to burn easily, dead trees are just fuel for a fire.

Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 1, 2021 at 7:44 pm

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For those who don't know, since this story was a little unclear, Fire Station 8 is actually inside Foothills Park. So yeah, staffing that seems like a good idea right about now. Hope not too much petty bickering was needed to reach consensus on that.

As for the BBQ pits, they should all be removed based on air quality concerns alone. AQI maps always seem to show the area around the park with much poorer quality than, say, downtown. It must get trapped there or something. But more smoke from people feeling the need to cook outdoors is the last thing we need. Cheese and crackers will do just fine...