DID YOU RECEIVE A NOTICE OF DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTION?

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Did you receive a NOTICE OF DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTION?  If you received a notice, you may have questions about the meaning of the different requirements and specific hazards noted.  Click here to see FAQs and learn more about the requirements.

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EMERGENCIES: DIAL 9-1-1

Final "Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow" Class this Wednesday - April 18, 6PM

The last of 3  “Living With Fire” classes will be held this Wednesday, April 18 at 6PM at the SHHA Community Center.  This class will be taught by FIRESafe MARIN Coordinator and wildfire expert Todd Lando, and Sleepy Hollow resident and retired firefighter Dan Dunnigan, and is specifically tailored to our community.  The class runs about 90 minutes, with an opportunity for discsussion and questions.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to protect your home and family from wildfire, and ask questions of wildfire experts about the state of preparedness after the 2017 North Bay wildfires.

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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Check Your Mail: Living With Fire Booklet to Arrive This Week!

Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow 2018

An all new 2018 Edition of "Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow" will arrive in your mailbox this week.  Please don't discard - it's your best resource for learning how to protect your home and family from wildfire.  All new for 2018, the 40 page booklet provides custom information specific to Sleepy Hollow, outlining wildfire preparedness, Defensible Space, hardening a home, plants and landscaping, power line safety, and more!  Additional copies may be available form SHFPD.

Download a PDF version (8.5MB) here..

Advance copies are available at Wednesday night's Living With Fire class (April 18)!  Please plan to attend!

Look for this envelope (with Defensible Space Inspection information) in the mail this week!

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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 May.  Is Your Home Prepared?  

Beginning early May, 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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2018 Chipper Days: Save the Date!

2018 Chipper Days: Save the Date!

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District will host 4 Chipper Days in 2018.  The first will be a "drop-off" event May 12.  Residents may bring material to the end of Butterfield Rd to be disposed of at no cost.  Assistance will be available on-site for residents with special needs.  Pick up service is available on a limited basis for elderly residents - inquire on-site April 12.

Door-to-door pick up Chipper Days will be held June 9-10, 2018 and July 14-15, 2018 (online registration required beginning 30 days prior - www.shfpd.org/chipper).  The door-to-door pick ups are scheduled to coincide with the Fire Department's annual Defensible Space inspection program.

2018 CHIPPER DAY SCHEDULE

May 12, 2018
DROP-OFF ONLY
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)
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
 

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2017 CHIPPER DAYS.  YOUR EFFORTS HELPED SLEEPY HOLLOW ACHIEVE NATIONAL FIREWISE COMMUNITY RECOGNITION!

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WHAT WILL THE CREWS REMOVE?

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All material disposed must be from Sleepy Hollow.  ID may be required for drop-off.  If your gardener is hauling the material, please plan to go with them to the chipper station.

For Door-to-door pick ups, 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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"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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