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MOUNT VEEDER FIRE SAFE COUNCIL

PICTURE OF THE NAPA VALLEY FIRES IN OCTOBER OF 2017

5900 DRY CREEK RD., NAPA, CA (707) 944-1562

CALIFORNIA REBUILDING CODES

REBUILDING AFTER THE FIRES? GO HERE FOR NEWEST CODES FOR REBUILDING IN THE WUI

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.

About Us

How We're Helping


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.

NAPA COMMUNITIES FIREWISE FOUNDATION

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.

PROJECTS AND PLANS

Old Ridge Road Shaded Fuel Break      

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.

Projects Being Planned

     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.

Projects Completed

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 MVFSC COMMITTEE MINUTES

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)

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MVFSC Minutes 2017-02-26 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2017-03-25 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2017-04-22 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2017-06-03 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2017-06-24 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2017-07-22 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2017-08-26 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2017-09-23 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2017-11-04 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2017-11-25 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2017-12-23 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2018-01-27 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2018-02-24 (pdf)

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MVFSC Minutes 2018-03-24 (pdf)

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

MOUNT VEEDER FIRE SAFE COUNCIL NEIGHBORS IN NEED DEFENSIBLE SPACE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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.

MT VEEDER FIRE SAFE COUNCIL CWPP

Executive Summary

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)

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EXHIBIT A - Wildfire Assessment (pdf)

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EXHIBIT B - Assessment Graphs (pdf)

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EXHIBIT C - Watershed Map contours (pdf)

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EXHIBIT D - Watershed Map w-Residences (pdf)

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EXHIBIT E - Watershed outline on Satellite (pdf)

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Exhibit F - Major Country Roads Fuel Reduction (pdf)

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PACE and NIN Funding Opportunities (pptx)

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Winter 2018 Newsletter

Download the latest newsletter here to see important information about our neighborhood!  The newsletter comes in three sections so down load all three to see the entire newsletter.

MORE IMPORTANT DOWNLOADS

YOU MAY ACCESS VARIOUS DOCUMENTS HERE INCLUDING:

NEIGHBORS IN NEED PROGRAM

MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER(1) (pdf)

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Neighbors in Need guidelines and application (docx)

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“ONE LESS SPARK – ONE LESS WILDFIRE”

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.

THE BRIDGES IN OUR AREA

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.

MVFSC AND THE DCL NEWSLETTER - MAY 2017

THE BIANNUAL NEWSLETTER IS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DRY CREEK-LOKOYA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT.  SEE THE DOWNLOAD SECTION ABOVE.

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MT. VEEDER FIRE SAFE COUNCIL

(707) 944-1562