Local Events

April and May
FireSafe Council chipping program.
To see the chipping schedule for your area
click on our calendar page in the right-hand column.

April 25 through May 5
The third-annual
Santa Clara County high-school juried-art exhibition
runs April 25 through May 5
at the Art Museum of Los Gatos.

Saturday, April 26
MERC-simulated shelter at Loma Prieta Community Center.
Shelter opens at 9:30 a.m.
To learn more, call George Smith, 408-353-1384.

April 26 and 27
Fifth-annual Sip-for-our-Schools benefit
for the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District
at Loma Prieta Winery.
Fifty percent of wine sales
will be donated to the Loma Public Education Fund.

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Road Closures

For updates on Santa Cruz County road closures,
see www.sccroadclosure.org/

 

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Wildlife in the Mountains

If you see a mountain lion or other interesting wildlife in our area,
call Neil at 408-353-1901 or email news@mnn.net.
I'll post the sighting.
Be sure to give me a short description of the animal, specific location, date, and time.

We'll share the results here.

Click here for other wildlife sightings

For more information from
California Fish and Game
about mountain lions, click
here.

 


Click Here for Ways to Prevent Erosion


Click Here for Santa Cruz County Burn Regulations


Have you updated your family disaster plan? Here's how...

Mountain Wildfires
How did they happen, and what we can do to stop them


Protecting Your Home from Fire

Here’s a checklist on how to improve your landscaping from CalFire at www.fire.ca.gov:

Create a defensible space of one hundred feet around your home. It is required by law.

Create a "lean, clean, green zone" by removing all flammable vegetation within thirty feet surrounding your home

Create a "reduced fuel zone" in the remaining seventy feet or to your property line.

You have two options in this area:

A. Create horizontal and vertical spacing between plants. The amount of space will depend on how steep your property is and the size of your plants.

B. Large trees do not have to be removed as long as all of the plants beneath them are removed.

Remove lower tree branches at least six feet from the ground

Landscape with fire resistant plants

Maintain all plants with regular water, and keep dead braches, leaves, and needles removed.

When clearing vegetation, use care when operating equipment such as lawnmowers. One small spark may start a fire; a string trimmer is much safer.

Stack woodpiles at least thirty feet from all structures and remove vegetation within ten feet of woodpiles.

Locate LPG tanks (butane and propane) at least thirty feet from any structure and maintain ten feet of clearance.

Remove all stacks of construction materials, pine needles, leaves, and other debris from your yard.

For other ways to protect your home from fire, visit www.fire.ca.gov 

 

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Date last edited: 2013
Webmaster:  Neil Wiley (
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