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It's fire season here in Palo Alto, too.

Original post made by Been There, Gunn High School, on May 22, 2007

Having lost my home in a major California wildfire, I would like to point out that there are parts of Palo Alto equally and a few even more at risk than other places that have seen major fires in this state. Are you prepared? Have you done what you can to reduce the risk to your home and your neighborhood?

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 23, 2007 at 11:29 am

There are many square miles of Palo Alto that have no fire departments/stations within many miles or probably 20 minutes. A new station is needed in the open space region about 2 miles above the entrance to Foothills Park on Page Mill Rd or maybe at Montebello Rd and Page Mill Rd..

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Posted by Been There
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 23, 2007 at 7:56 pm

Good observation, Observer.

The thing to remember, though, is that in large events, existing firefighting resources are usually overwhelmed. Reducing the risk that one's house will catch fire is the best prevention.

A new fire station could not go in overnight. A bad fire season is already upon us. Everyone's efforts to reduce their own home's risk will also reduce the risk to their entire neighborhood.

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 24, 2007 at 8:43 am

There is a Palo Alto Fire station in Foothills park. It is open during wildfire season (Jul thru Oct). But this year, the Palo Alto Finance Comm voted 4 to 0 NOT to open it.
The state has already had a few major wildfires and Palo Alto has had two small ones in the last week.
I guess the city will "roll the dice" on this wildfire season.
Good luck in those dry hills!