What will the area look like when the project is finished?
Between 30′ and 150′ from the edge of SR17 will be cleaned up, but not cleared. The result will be a “shaded fuel break”, which is a healthy forest where tree trunks are visible. The trees will provide shade and keep the area cool, which helps prevent fire from spreading. Debris, brush, and lower limbs of trees (“ladder fuels”) will be removed since it is much easier to fight a wildfire that remains on the ground versus a fire that is moving up into the trees. The focus of the project is on property adjacent to the highway as well as private and county roads that connect to SR17.
Because this project is funded through an emergency declaration, the normal public noticing requirements of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Assurance) have been suspended. However, residents can contact the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council if you have a question that is not addressed on this website.
How will I know where crews are working during commute hours?
Road signage and Firesafe17.com will post the current status of the project. In addition, standard messaging tools like local news outlets, community bulletin boards and social media will provide regular updates. You may also sign up to receive weekly updates by clicking here.
Is this project safe for the environment?
Environmental protections were built into the CAL FIRE work plan for the SR17 Fuel Break project. Furthermore, all work will be done according to CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) environmental protections including biological, endangered species, archeological sites, and pesticide regulations.
Property Owner Packet
Information and consent forms allow the SR17 Fuel Break Team to access property if necessary.
Please download, print, fill out and sign these forms so you can give them to team members from SCCFSC and CAL FIRE.