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2017 Bear Creek Canyon Fire

October 17, 2017 a structure fire broke out on Bear Creek Canyon rd, (#BearFire) just outside the South Skyline FireSafe Council boundaries.  It threatened the Las Cumbres and other communities along southern Skyline Blvd.  Evacuations were ordered for roads along the canyon up through Las Cumbres.  CalFIRE responded to the fire that grew to 125ac overnight with aircraft as first light.  See the Fire Safety Links page for up-to-the-minute reports from CalFIRE CZU.

Fig. 2. Bear Creek Canyon Fire Evacuation Orders 2017-10-17

See other resources (Projects, Fire Safety Links, Creating a Defensible Space) on this site for more information.  Fire can happen quickly, SSFSC projects help reduce fuel along our roads.

A South Skyline FireSafe Council sponsored project in the summer of 2014 cleared a Shaded Fuel Break along Skyline Blvd from the San Mateo county border (2 miles north of Highway 9) north to Rapley Ranch Rd (Fogerty Winery).  A fuel break cannot guarantee safe passage for residents and emergency vehicles during a fire, but it can increase the likelihood.  The project supervised by SSFSC volunteers and CalFIRE fire crews, CalTrans highway workers thinned trees of less than 6" in diameter and trimmed branches of others up to 8ft into trees.  It is shaded in that large trees are left fully intact so as not to detract from the rural feel and California Scenic Highway designation. 

SSFSC Skyline Blvd. Shaded Fuel Break Project 2014

2014 SSFSC Skyline Blvd Shaded Fuel Break Project

Ground cover such as coyote brush and Scotch broom were removed.  All debris was chipped and either scattered or trucked away (much of it used as mulch by local residents).  Crews spent 10 hrs per day, 4 days per week for two months except when CalFIRE crews were pulled away to respond to local fires.  One or two 12 member crews from the Ben Lomand CalFIRE Camp worked with SSFSC volunteers that provided direction and supervision.

Anderson Springs Neighborhood Before the Valley Fire

Get involved with SSFSC to help protect the South Skyline area.

You can train to become a CalFIRE supervisor for follow-on projects in our area.  Contact SSFSC for more information.  If your area would like to put together a grant proposal to create a shaded fuel break in your area, again contact us at SSFSC. Sign up for the Free Chipping Days to support creating a defensible space around your home.