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"Living With Fire" Classes: March 28, April 7, April 18

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District is sponsoring a fire prevention class entitled “Living With Fire.”  The class will be held at the SHHA Community Center on Wednesday March 28 from 6-8PMSaturday April 7 from 10AM-12PM and Wednesday April 18 from 6-8PM. This class will be taught by Sleepy Hollow resident and retired firefighter Dan Dunnigan and is specifically tailored to our community. Topics will include:

Risks and Hazards: Learn about the history of fire in Sleepy Hollow and our unique risks and hazards. What lessons can be learned from the fires in Napa/Sonoma?

Evacuation: What are the emergency warning systems? When and where do we go? What are the evacuation routes? What do we bring? How do we prepare – “The Ready, Set, Go Program.” Get involved in our Summer Evacuation Exercise and Safety Fair.

Vegetation Management: What is the WUI? What is the Ember Zone? Protecting the Hollow: find out about our ridge top fuel break, fire road maintenance and roadside vegetation clearance projects.

Defensible Space: Get ready for our 2018 Residential Inspection Program. How much clearance do you need? What plants are safe? What plants should be removed? When to remove or limb up trees.

Structural Ignitability: Tips to harden your home and make it safer: Upgrade and/or maintain: roofing, vents, windows, fencing, wooden decks, garage doors, and sprinklers.

Neighborhood Preparedness: We want your suggestions fo identifying and recruiting volunteer neighborhood preparedness coordinators to serve as local preparedness organizers.

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Save the Date(s): Chipper Days 2018

Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days 2018


May 12, 2018
Time(s): 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
June 9-10, 2018
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! (Registration Opens May 15)
July 14-15, 2018
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! (Registration begins July 1)
October 6, 2018 (to coincide with the creek clean up)
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required


For questions about the chipping service, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Chipper crews will dispose of up to 5 yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approximately 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for instructions.

Crews will dispose of larger materials that won't fit in your green waste cans (1"-6" diameter limbs, brush, branches, etc).  Grass clippings, loose leaves, soft vegetation can't be chipped and must be disposed of in your green waste cans.  

Thank you for helping make Sleepy Hollow a safer, FIREWISE community!

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Hazard inspections begin in May for all properties in Sleepy Hollow

Fire Inspectors will evaluate every property in Sleepy Hollow annually, looking for compliance with Defensible Space standards

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

Beginning May 14, 2018, 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.   Failure to comply with the defensible space standard in CA Public Resources Code 4290 and 4291 can result in fines and/or levies.

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. 

Whay are these inspections happening?

Ross Valley Fire Department (formerly San Anselmo Fire Department) has conducted annual "grass hazard" inspections for at least 40 years.  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. 

These inspections help ensure compliance with the laws (Section 4290 and 4291 of the CA Public Resources Code) and contribute to the overall safety of Sleepy Hollow and neighboring communities.

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Sleepy Hollow's Firewise USA Accreditation Renewed in 2017

Sleepy Hollow Evacuation Drill and Safety Fair August 2017

After a succesful year of wildfire hazard reduction projects, Sleepy Hollow's accreditation with the NFPA's Firewise USA program was renewed for 2017.  Our wildfire fuel reduction projects include Marin's largest and most successful chipper program, projects with large landowners, and community education events like our first annual Evacuation Drill and Safety Fair in August.

Sleepy Hollow was first accredited as a Firewise Community for 2016, 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 USA Recognition Program of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has empowered neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk.  Sleepy Hollow is one of more than 1400 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.

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Don't Forget: Creek Clean up and Chipper Day TOMORROW, October 7


Get your garden gloves and yard waste cans ready for the Fourth Annual Sleepy Hollow Creek Cleaning Day on Saturday, October 7.  We’re asking creek-side residents to clean their section of the creek AND we’re asking ALL residents to clean out drainage areas on their property of anything that could cause localized flooding (e.g. yard waste, broken branches, leaves).  We’ll be at the clubhouse at 8am that morning to coordinate efforts if you need any help or guidance.

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will also have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the creek cleaning.  Bring your excess branches and we will chip it for you!  If you need help hauling your debris please drop by the chipper station before 2pm (earlier if possible) and we will do our best to help coordinate pick-up and transportation. 

Sleepy Hollow Creek Corps leader Eric Riemer has identified potential problem areas that need to be addressed. If you live on the creek and know of any issues or need help with your particular area, please contact Eric at 415-748-4231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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