The SR17 Shaded Fuel Break Project
Anyone who lives around or travels along State Route 17 — otherwise known as Highway 17 — should be concerned about the possibility of wildfire.
The SR17 Shaded Fuel Break Project is part of a larger plan to target evacuation routes in California’s WUIs (Wildland Urban Interfaces). A WUI is a zone where wildland (undeveloped land) meets urban development, like much of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Evacuation routes in WUIs are among the most vulnerable during a wildfire incident.
In addition to protecting people and property, the SR17 Shaded Fuel Break Project will help protect the 6.5 mile stretch of SR17 between Summit Road and Los Gatos. Critical infrastructure, like power transmission and distribution lines, San Jose Water Company’s water treatment plant at Lexington Reservoir, Chemeketa Park’s water intake, and CAL FIRE’s Alma Fire Station & Helitack Base will also be protected by the shaded fuel break.
Likewise, the valuable wildlife habitats and recreation areas found in the Santa Cruz Mountains will also benefit from the project.
Firesafe17.com will provide residents and drivers with information about what to expect around Highway 17 during the project. The website will be updated with maps and current project details as information becomes available.
The SR17 Shaded Fuel Break Project is a collaboration between these public agencies and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment.