FEMA grants to prevent wildfires
There has been a lot of discussion in the media, on Nextdoor, at public forums and in City Hall about the FEMA grants to thin trees to protect against wildfires. Some of the conversation has been incendiary; some statements have been misleading, some have been cautionary. Here are some resources:
- The City's fact sheet on its FEMA grant
- East Bay Regional Parks's FAQ on its grant, and press release.
- Free chipping service
- Inspections and compliance standards
- Year round protection and prevention calendar
One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire
"One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire" is a video presentation by Ken Benson of the Oakland Firesafe Council, providing important tips, wildfire history and information on protecting your home and surrounding area from fire.
Protect your investment, protect our neighborhood
We share an important year-round role in preventing fires in Piedmont Pines. Drought conditions now have us in fire season year-round. Here are the top priorities to review:
- Are your tree limbs clear within 10 feet of your roof?
- Are your rain gutters clear of dead leaves and debris?
- Do you have vines climbing that could act as a fire ladder?
- Is stored firewood at least 20 feet from structures?
- Is your house number visible from the street and at least 4" tall?
The Oakland Firesafe Council is a grassroots community-based organization dedicated to mobilizing the people of Oakland to reduce the risks of wildfire danger to people and property through outreach, programs and projects. The Council has been working hard to get the word out on this important topic, and Council member Ken Benson has created the presentation One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire with valuable tips and information on protecting your home and surrounding area from wildfire. You can watch this 15 minute presentation on YouTube
Download Oakland Fire Department's Inspection Notice for more tips and requirements.
For FREE chipping of small tree limbs & brush call City of Oakland's Vegetation Management 510-238-7388 or visit www.oaklandnet.com/wildfireprevention.
Inspections began in mid May and are ongoing. Here's your incentive to make sure you get the job done:
- Per section 109.3 CFC violation penalties, persons who fail to comply with any requirements of the Fire Code shall be guilty of an infraction punishable of a fine not to exceed $1000
- The City master fee schedule, approved by City Council, lists the fine for a failed 1st vegetation management inspection at $303, failed 2nd inspection is an additional $303 for a total of $606 for failing 2 inspections back to back after a 30 day 1st inspection Notice of Violation.
- Failing a 3rd inspection is a misdemeanor with an administrative hearing notice mailed via certified mail to the violator. Failure to appear results in an additional fee of up to $1531.00 per the master fee schedule and the property being placed out for private contractor bid to clear. The cost of the clearing of the property by a private City contractor will then be billed to the lawful property owner and if unpaid, all fines and fees will be sent to collections for restitution.