Below is a link to Chapter 7A of the California Building Code dealing with homes/buildings in the Wildland Urban Interface areas such as our local area.
Our area has hundreds of houses, many on narrow dead-end roads with severe access and egress issues. Much of the area is forested, with a heavy accumulation of underbrush and other ladder fuel that can take a small fire up into the treetops and turn it into a conflagration.
The Mount Veeder Fire Safe Council is a group of local residents, property owners, the Dry Creek-Lokoya Volunteer Fire Comapny, and organizations who work together to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Our goals are to undertake fuel reduction projects, to increase awareness of the risk of wildland fire and of what can be done to reduce that risk. To that end, we have drafted a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that analyzes the fire risk and identifies specific projects. We are an inclusive group and we encourage the collaboration of the entire Mount Veeder community in this endeavor.
Our website is focused on providing information specific to the Mount Veeder, Dry Creek, Redwood, and Wall Road neighborhoods and the activities of the Mount Veeder Fire Safe Council.
We enjoy the cooperation and support of the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation. Their website contains a wealth of information about fire safety and is a great resource for Napa County residents.
Find out more about the Firewise Foundation, the Spring 2017 newsletter, and the Chipping Program below.
The 3-mile long Old Ridge Road was once a wagon road. It runs along the crest of the ridge between Dry Creek Road and Mount Veeder Road and separates the Dry Creek Watershed from the Pickle Canyon Watershed. After a major fire in 1945, the Old Ridge Road became part of a network of fire roads established to improve access for firefighters in the steep wild hills. But these old fire roads have not been maintained since 1985 and are now overgrown and ineffective.
The Mount Veeder Fire Safe Council plans to convert the Old Ridge Road, and eventually several other old fire roads, to shaded fuel breaks. Thinning the vegetation in a band along both sides of the old road will reduce the ladder fuel and reduce the intensity of a fire. It will also greatly improve the effectiveness of air tanker drops. A shaded fuel break along a ridge line could stop a fire at the ridge top and prevent it from moving into the next watershed. (In a shaded fuel break, most trees are preserved; it’s not a clear cut.) This could save your house!
In Spring 2012, the Mount Veeder Fire Safe Council received a $20,000 grant from the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation, using funds from Napa County, to complete the first segment of the Old Ridge Road Shaded Fuel Break. Vegetation removal started at the north and south ends of a small vineyard (itself a fuel break) and extended several hundred yards in each direction.
In Spring 2013, the Mount Veeder Fire Safe Council received a $10,000 grant from the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation to continue the Old Ridge Road project. This second phase is currently underway. Look for this year's Open House to showcase the most recently completed work.
The Mount Veeder Fire Safe Council has drafted a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) that includes an assessment of the wildfire risk in our area and the identification and prioritization of key fuel reduction projects that will reduce that risk. A completed and certified CWPP will enable us to apply for funding for our projects.
Addresses: The Fire Safe Council is discussing how best to assist residents in obtaining and installing reflective green and white address numbers that can easily be seen by emergency vehicles from either direction and even at night. See this website store for ordering.
Shaded fuel breaks: Some of the old dirt roads in this area run along ridge lines. With moderate vegetation removal they could become very effective shaded fuel breaks that would limit the spread of wildfire and also provide improved access and egress in case of emergency. The draft CWPP identifies some high priority roads that would be among the first projects to be undertaken if funding can be obtained.
Road numbers: In Spring 2010, in cooperation with the Napa County Department of Public Works, we repainted the block numbers on the county roads. They had become almost illegible, making it difficult for emergency vehicles to find addresses.
The Cove: The Cove Girl Scout Camp is a 160-acre property below Mount Veeder peak that contains a 12-acre primitive camping area. Dead and dying trees and extensive ladder fuel around the camping area made the site highly hazardous. The narrow access road was surrounded by overhanging branches, dead trees and extensive brush. In Spring and Summer of 2010, in collaboration with Fire Smart Defensible Space, Cal Fire and the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation, the Mount Veeder Fire Safe Council developed and executed a vegetation management program for this site. Dead trees were cut down by a professional tree removal company. Dead wood and brush were removed by crews from Cal Fire’s Delta Conservation Camp. Davey Tree and the Girl Scouts of Northern California provided chipping. A second egress route was developed. This site is a great example of how wildland fire safety can be significantly improved without destroying the beauty and diversity of the forest.
Property Fire Hazard Assessments: Don Gasser of Fire Smart Defensible Space was commissioned to perform fire hazard assessments of every property within our area. Over the course of several months, he was able to visit approximately 80% of the parcels and evaluate them for fire risk, including address visibility, access roads, defensible space and structure flammability. This information was compiled into a database that is being used in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan to identify the areas of greatest fire hazard and to develop strategies for reducing fire risk.
APPROVED MINUTES WILL BE KEPT HERE FOR ONE YEAR AND WILL BE REPLACED AS THE NEWEST MINUTES ARE APPROVED. ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MONTHLY MEETINGS. NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING IS SATURDAY, MARCH 24 AT THE DRY CREEK-LOKOYA FIRE HOUSE BEGINNING AT 9:00 AM.
MVFSC Minutes 2017-02-04 (pdf)Download
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MVFSC Minutes 2018-01-27 (pdf)Download
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THIS SPECIAL PROGRAM ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE IN PROVIDING A DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND THEIR HOME WITHOUT ANY COST TO THE HOME OWNER. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION BELOW TO SEE THE QUALIFICATIONS.
The mission of the Mount Veeder Fire Safe Council is to obtain and utilize all available resources to prevent the loss of life and the destruction of property and ecosystems from wildfire in the 26,000 acres of the lower Mayacamas Range. This is achieved by planning and executing fuel reduction projects and by increasing public awareness of both fire loss risk as well as the actions that must be taken to reduce the potential for wildfire devastation.
Critical to the success of the Mount Veeder Fire Safe Council's objective is the collaboration of the community in determining the viability and priority of identified projects. The culmination of this community collaboration is the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). See below to view the entire CWPP including the Exhibits.
MVFSC CWPP - Final Draft Signatures v1.3 (pdf)Download
EXHIBIT A - Wildfire Assessment (pdf)Download
EXHIBIT B - Assessment Graphs (pdf)Download
EXHIBIT C - Watershed Map contours (pdf)Download
EXHIBIT D - Watershed Map w-Residences (pdf)Download
EXHIBIT E - Watershed outline on Satellite (pdf)Download
Exhibit F - Major Country Roads Fuel Reduction (pdf)Download
PACE and NIN Funding Opportunities (pptx)Download
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Approximately 95% of all wildfires in California are caused by human activity
That is why fire agencies need the public’s help to prevent them. Whether it’s ensuring a campfire or landscape debris burn of leaves and branches is completely extinguished, or keeping a vehicle well maintained to prevent sparks, following just a few simple steps can help prevent wildfires.
WE HAVE MANY BRIDGES THAT CROSS THE CREEKS IN OUR AREA. THESE BRIDGES NEED TO BE CERTIFIED BY A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER SO THAT ALL FIRE ENGINES CAN SAFELY CROSS THE BRIDGE TO PROVIDE THE IMPORTANT EMERGENCY SERVICES. PLEASE SEE THE EXAMPLE TO THE RIGHT OF A LOCAL BRIDGE THAT HAS COMPLETED THE PROCESS. THIS ENSURES THAT BOTH LOCAL AND VISITING ENGINES WOULD CROSS YOUR BRIDGE.
THE BIANNUAL NEWSLETTER IS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DRY CREEK-LOKOYA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. SEE THE DOWNLOAD SECTION ABOVE.
ORDER THE GREEN 911 ADDRESS SIGNS FOR BETTER VISIBILITY FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES.
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