The SR17 Fuel Break Project
Anyone who lives around or travels through wildfire urban interfaces such as State Route 17 — otherwise known as Highway 17 — should be concerned about the possibility of wildfire.
This website will provide information and continuing updates about the Santa Clara County side of the fuel break project along SR17.
A collaborative effort among multiple agencies, the SR17 project is part of a larger plan to target California’s wildfire urban interfaces (WUIs). The evacuation routes in these areas are among the most vulnerable during a wildfire incident.
In addition to protecting people, property, evacuation routes and the environment, the fuel break will protect critical infrastructure including the 6.5 mile stretch of SR17 between Summit Road and Los Gatos, 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 & Helitak Base.
Open space preserves containing valuable wildlife habitats as well as popular recreational areas will also benefit.