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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days 2017

NEXT CHIPPER DAY: MAY 5 & 6 (DROP-OFF ONLY)

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will conduct four chipper days in 2017!   The first will be a DROP-OFF chipper day Saturday, May 5 & 6, 2017.   Clean up your property to create defensible space and bring us your cut material - we'll dispose of the vegetation at no cost to you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

2017 Chipper Day Schedule

May 5 & 6, 2017
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time(s): 9AM-3PM (May 5) 9AM-3PM (May 6)
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
 
July 1-2, 2017
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required!
 
August 26-27, 2017 (tentative)
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required!
 
October 7, 2017 (to coincide with the creek clean up)
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
 

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2016 CHIPPER DAYS.  YOUR EFFORTS HELPED SLEEPY HOLLOW ACHIEVE NATIONAL FIREWISE COMMUNITY RECOGNITION!

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Planning Meeting, February 4: Wildfire Hazard & WUI AREA Assessment

Planning Meeting, February 4: Wildfire Hazard & WUI AREA Assessment

Please plan to attend the public review and planning meeting for the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report, February 4 at 9:00AM

REVIEW DRAFT REPORT

Submit WRITTEN Comments

Report Review Timeline

  1. Saturday, February 4, 9:00AM-12:00PM @ Community Center: Public Planning Meeting

    1. Document review

    2. Questions and Answers

    3. Public Comment

  1. January 15 – February 12

    1. Written comment accepted as well as email and/or online at our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise)

  1. Friday February 17

    1. Final draft will be posted online

    2. New open period for email and online comment

  1. Saturday, March 11, 10:00AM-12:00PM at Community Center: SHFPD Board meeting

    1. Short review of final draft and process

    2. Public comment on final draft

    3. Consideration of acceptance of report

When the planning is complete and the document is finalized, we will conduct a strategic planning process to develop a timeline for implementation of various projects.  We anticipate that several projects will be started in the Spring of 2017.   For implementation of our strategic plan to be successful, community support and participation is essential.   We believe this plan will be the roadmap to making us the best prepared Fire District in the County, if not the State.

Please refer to our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise) for additional information and/or to email the Plan Manager, Rich Shortall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions.

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DRAFT Wildfire Hazard & WUI AREA Assessment Published

Dear Sleepy Hollow Resident,

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The Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) is proud to announce that through our investment in prevention projects we have achieved national accreditation as a Firewise Community/USA®.  In addition, we have completed the first draft of our Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report.  The document is now available on our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise).  Highlights include: Comprehensive Risk and Hazard Assessment, Wildfire Preparedness and Planning, Public Education, Evacuation Preparation, Vegetation Management and Reducing Structural Ignitability.   We strongly encourage you to review this very comprehensive report and attend a planning meeting to be held at the Sleepy Hollow Community Center on Saturday, February 4 at 9:00AM.

REVIEW DRAFT REPORT

Report Review Timeline

  1. Saturday, February 4, 9:00AM-12:00PM @ Community Center: Public Planning Meeting

    1. Document review

    2. Questions and Answers

    3. Public Comment

  1. January 15 – February 12

    1. Written comment accepted as well as email and/or online at our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise)

  1. Friday February 17

    1. Final draft will be posted online

    2. New open period for email and online comment

  1. Saturday, March 11, 10:00AM-12:00PM at Community Center: SHFPD Board meeting

    1. Short review of final draft and process

    2. Public comment on final draft

    3. Consideration of acceptance of report

When the planning is complete and the document is finalized, we will conduct a strategic planning process to develop a timeline for implementation of various projects.  We anticipate that several projects will be started in the Spring of 2017.   For implementation of our strategic plan to be successful, community support and participation is essential.   We believe this plan will be the roadmap to making us the best prepared Fire District in the County, if not the State.

Please refer to our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise) for additional information and/or to email the Plan Manager, Rich Shortall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions.

Rich Shortall
SHFPD Director/President

Tom Finn
SHFPD Director/Secretary

Chris Warner
SHFPD Director/Treasurer

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Sleepy Hollow Receives Firewise Community Recognition

Firewise Communities

Sleepy Hollow is Now a Firewise Community!

Sleepy Hollow was accredited as a Firewise Community for 2016 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in recognition of specific activities and projects related to hazardous vegetation removal, community events and training, and long term planning and preparedness goals that will dramatically reduce the risk of wildfire for all residents and visitors to Sleepy Hollow.   Firewise Communities may receive specific benefits, such as discounts on homeowners insurance for residents, and access to grant funding opportunities for future hazard reduction projects.

Since 2002, The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program has empowered neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk.   In 2016, Sleepy Hollow became one of more than 1300 recognized Firewise Communities in the US, taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.  

Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community!

Scientific research has shown the effectiveness and benefits of implementing wildfire mitigation concepts across individual property boundaries and throughout communities.

Congratulations to all residents who have participated in Firewise activities in Sleepy Hollow to help us achieve this milestone!

Learn more at www.shfpd.org/firewise.

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1/7/2017: Flash Flood Watch & High Wind Warning

Updated 1/7/2017 11:52AM PST

A VERY WET STORM SYSTEM IS APPROACHING MARIN THIS WEEKEND.  RAIN WILL START SATURDAY AND BECOME EXTREMELY HEAVY SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT.  HEAVY RAIN ON ALREADY SATURATED SOILS IS PREDICTED TO LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING OF AREA STREAMS AND RIVERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE ROSS VALLEY.

"The National Weather Service reports that the "atmospheric river" has shifted north of its original predicted path, which means nearly TWICE THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL originally predicted for Marin County.  The start of the storm is predicted to be at 4:00PM Saturday and will continue until late Sunday.  The highest intensity is still expected to be from 10:00PM Saturday to 4:00AM Sunday.

The NWS has indicated a high confidence level for Corte Madera Creek over-topping between 4-6AM Sunday morning!

The incoming storm is now predicted to bring 3” to 5” of rain along the Marin County coastal and bay-side lower elevations, with coastal mountains expecting 5” to 10”.  Mt. Tam may receive up to 12” of rain between 4PM today and 10PM Sunday night.  Intensities at times are predicted to be at least 1.0” to 1.5”/hour throughout the County.

A predicted high tide at 07:22AM of 6.45-ft means that the tide will be coming-in during the most intense part of the storm.  A residual range from 0.5-ft to 2.0-ft may occur as a result of the high winds and lower pressures.  As a result, flooding in areas influenced by tidal waters is likely during this time.  These areas may include, but are not limited to, Mill Valley, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, GGNRA, Stinson Beach, Novato, San Rafael, Seminary Drive and the Highway 101/1 interchange at Manzanita.

PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IN KEY AREAS FROM 4:00PM SATURDAY TO 10:00PM SUNDAY:

  • 3” to 5” in lower elevations of Marin
  • 5” to 10” over the coastal hills and mountain ranges
  • Up to 12” over Mt. Tamalpais

TIDE OUTLOOK:

High-tides for the next week are on an upward trend.   With tide residuals reaching above predicted tops, tidally influenced flood-prone areas will likely see flooding on Saturday and Sunday. For Monday through Thursday, predicted heights are expected to be above 6.5-ft, so expect flooding in flood-prone areas over these three days.

FLASH FLOODING:

A "FLASH FLOOD WATCH" MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE PREDICTED TO DEVELOP THAT MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.  FLASH FLOODING IS AN EXTEMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION.  YOU SHOULD MONITOR FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY SHOULD "FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS" BE ISSUED.

Monitor the Ross Valley Fire Department Creek Levels and Weather page here...

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