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Next Chipper Days: July 1-2

You Cut It, We Chip It.  2017 FREE Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days!

July 1-2: CURBSIDE PICK-UP

  • Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, open now at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

August 26-27: CURBSIDE PICK-UP

  • Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, beginning 4 weeks prior at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

October 7: DROP-OFF ONLY

  • Drop-off at end of Butterfield Rd.  9AM-3PM (No registration required)
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Wildfire Hazard & WUI Assessment

SLEEPY HOLLOW (CA) WILDFIRE HAZARD & WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE (WUI) AREA ASSESSMENT AND REPORT 

wildfire hazard assessment coverSHFPD adopted our Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report at the March 11, 2017 meeting.  The final document is now available for download, below.

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Highlights include:  Comprehensive Risk and Hazard Assessment, Wildfire Preparedness and Planning, Public Education, Evacuation Preparation, Vegetation Management and Reducing Structural Ignitability.  

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Comprehensive Fire Inspection Program Begins in May

In March 2017, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) adopted the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report.  This comprehensive report analyzes risk, identifies specific hazards, and outlines steps needed to help reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires in Sleepy Hollow.

Following two public planning meetings, SHFPD approved the implementation of the report’s recommendations, beginning with additional free chipper days, wildfire education programs, parcel-by-parcel hazard inspections, and many other preparedness and prevention programs recommended in the report. 

Wildfire Hazard Inspections Begin in Late May.  Is Your Home Prepared?

Beginning late May, a team of fire inspectors from Marin County and Ross Valley Fire Departments will begin annual wildfire hazard inspections of all parcels in Sleepy Hollow.  These hazard inspections will be more thorough than in years past, and will provide homeowners with valuable written input on specific ways to reduce the hazard near your home.  Data collected will help us map and better understand the risk across the whole community.  Some parcels, especially those near open space, may receive an even more thorough inspection, and all homeowners will have an opportunity for dialogue with wildfire experts.

If you receive a hazard violation notice, you’ll have 30 days to correct the issues before a re-inspection occurs.  Although defensible space and other measures specified in the notices are required by law, we intend to use this opportunity to work with all property owners to collaboratively reduce risk while  educating residents about wildfire hazards.

Please use the tips on the inside of this pamphlet to selectively reduce flammable vegetation on your property, and take advantage of our free chipper days to help with disposal.  Don’t forget to use fire resistant plants (www.firesafemarin.org/plants), and design your landscaping to beautify your home while improving fire resistance. 

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Reminder: Free Chipper Days May 5 & 6

May 5-6, 2017, bring your freshly cut materials to the end of Butterfield Rd for free disposal (Sleepy Hollow residents only).  Our crews will help you unload and will dispose of cut material at no cost.  We will “chip” up to 5 cubic yards of freshly-cut limbs and brush between 1/2” and 8” diameter.  Soft material, raked leaves, and grass clipping can’t be chipped and must be disposed of in your green waste can.  This is a $150-$250 value!

2017 Sleepy Hollow Free Chipper Days

May 5-6.  DROP-OFF ONLY

Drop-off at end of Butterfield Rd.  9AM-3PM

July 1-2 CURBSIDE PICK-UP

Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, beginning 4 weeks prior at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

August 26-27 CURBSIDE PICK-UP

Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, beginning 4 weeks prior at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

October 7 DROP-OFF ONLY

Drop-off at end of Butterfield Rd.  9AM-3PM


Drop-off Chipper Days

Bring your freshly cut materials to the end of Butterfield Rd for free disposal (Sleepy Hollow residents only).  Our crews will help you unload and will dispose of cut material at no cost.

Curbside Pick-up Chipper Days

Our crews will visit your home and pick up material (must be NEATLY stacked at your curbside, with cut ends facing the street).  Online registration is required, beginning 4 weeks prior to event at www.shfpd.org/chipper.  Up to 5 cubic yards of material will be disposed.  Additional material may be picked up if arranged in advance.

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DRAFT 2017 Strategic Plan Released

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District has developed the DRAFT 2017 Strategic Plan to guide the District over the next five years.  The strategic planning process provides an opportunity for our Directors to clarify the District's mission, vision, and expectations.  The document should be viewed as a first step towards improving fire safety and emergency preparedness in our District.  

Please plan to attend the Saturday, April 22, 2017 meeting at 10:00 am to review and comment the DRAFT plan.

NEW!   pdf DRAFT 2017 Strategic Plan (850 KB)

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