Fire Roads: Vegetation Removal and Enhancements

Example of improved road access for first responders

This project will focus on improving access and maintenance of fire roads through a comprehensive inventory, fuel reduction efforts, and erosion control improvements. San Rafael Fire Department, together with partnering agencies and organizations, will create an inventory and assessment of all fire roads within the San Rafael Core Zone. All roads will be mapped, named, and assessed for fire-hazardous vegetation clearance needs, signage and mile marker improvements, and drainage improvement requirements. This will help to ensure roads are passable and navigable by first responder vehicles and equipment, able to act as an anchor point for fire suppression or prescribed fire activities, and are self-sustaining to reduce dependence on regular grading. Vegetation management will include ensuring adequate clearance for responding engines, water tenders, and other large equipment requiring access to roads. Additional clearance beyond the roads when needed will include reduction of under story and ladder fuels, and pruning or thinning of small diameter trees up to a DBH limit of 12 inches. Removal of hazardous trees (dead, diseased, dying, loss of structural integrity) of any DBH will occur when necessary. Signage and mile marker improvements, along with naming of unnamed roads, will: increase safety of recreational users of the road networks; aid first responders in locating recreational users in the event of a medical emergency or search and rescue; and improve organization, efficiency, and coordination of first responders (local and mutual aid) in the event of a wildfire.

Status

Planning Phase

Approval Meeting

August 19, 2021

CEQA Documentation

Notice of Exemption/Supporting Memo/Project Map
Notice of Exemption/Supporting Memo/Project Map

Zone/Location

San Rafael
Marin wild fire projects

Type Of Project

Shaded/ Non-shaded Fuel Break

Lead Agency

City of San Rafael
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