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
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.
For updates on Santa Cruz County road closures,
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
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.
here for other wildlife sightings
For more information from
California Fish and Game
about mountain lions, click
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Here for Santa Cruz County Burn Regulations
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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