Dear East Bay Regional Park Neighbor,
A year-round fire season is now the “new normal” in California, and we must work together to prevent a catastrophic firestorm here at home. The East Bay Regional Park District is committed to wildfire prevention in our parks. We are actively working every day monitoring fire weather conditions, reducing the fuel load in our parks, and maintaining healthy forests by thinning excessive growth. While our efforts to reduce the risk of severe wildfires are extensive, it’s the collective efforts of homeowners and neighbors like you that can have the greatest impact. By reducing fire fuels around your home and taking other precautions, you can help prevent small fires from becoming large disasters. The Park District works in partnership with local and regional fire agencies. Your city or local fire department or agency can provide additional guidance on fuels management, emergency notifications, and evacuation routes.
Fire Chief, East Bay Regional Park District
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Create and maintain defensible space 30-100 feet around your home. Watch for and understand Red Flag warnings and follow all restrictions on burning and use of power equipment.
The defensible space is made up of Two Zones
ZONE 1: 30 feet of Lean, Clean and Green
ZONE 2: 30-100 feet of Reduced Fuel
WHAT WE ARE DOING:
Each year the Park District thins and removes hazardous vegetation on over 1,000 acres to reduce fire hazard – much of that thanks to residents in western Alameda and Contra Costa counties who voted in 2004 to support regional park services with additional local funding. The Park District also recently received fire hazard reduction grant funding from FEMA.
See a potential fire hazard in the parks? Report it by calling (510) 881-1833