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Local agencies are preparing for another big wildfire year

Original post made on Apr 16, 2021

With the drought in full swing this year, Cal Fire and other agencies are warning that fires are already becoming a threat.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 15, 2021, 4:17 PM

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 17, 2021 at 4:58 pm

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Looking at the Real Estate Sections of the papers there are a lot of very expensive homes on the market - many which are in the foothills. Either the residents are getting very old and need to get down to a smaller, in city location or many are very concerned that they will have no fire protection. Also many are now leaving the state due to taxes and want to unload these huge estate homes now while there is still money out there. People are paying attention to all of the factors that can ruin their investments. In CA political retribution - aka social justice is also a detractor.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 18, 2021 at 10:32 am

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Have PAN disaster coordinators looked into non-toxic fire retardant foams and gels that neighbors can judiciously apply themselves when there is a local fire (sparks are the big danger, and they can travel for miles)?

What is the city doing about getting people to replace their old wood shake roofs which, if they catch fire, will catch all their neighbors on fire in the event of a major fire?

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 18, 2021 at 1:31 pm

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What are the emergency evacuation procedures for Foothills Nature Preserve?

There are very bad cell phone coverage and only one exit. If a fire breaks out in the Preserve, what will happen?

If one fire breaks out in the surrounding areas, should Preserve visitors turn right or left? If there is an earthquake in the Santa Cruz mountains, should visitors turn right or left?

What happens when the bike riders and the downward traffic meets upward arriving emergency vehicles?

Has anyone put any thought into how Foothills will be evacuated in fire or other emergency?

Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 18, 2021 at 9:52 pm

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Bystander, the city has a plan for woodland fires. They prune vegetation along Page Mill Road in order to reduce fuel ladders, etc... Personally, if I was at Foothills park and a fire broke out, I would turn left and head downhill (if it was accessible) because I wouldn't want to go higher into the trees.

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