Healdsburg resident, Mr. Eric Drew, gave the fire department the historic picture of the City of Healdsburg and Fitch Mountain to compare the amount of vegetation that has grown on Fitch Mountain from 1928 to 2005 (picture below). On a regular basis, the fire department initiates a campaign to educate those city residents whom live on or adjacent to Fitch Mountain as to the wildfire hazards that are present in the area. In fact, because most of Fitch Mountain has been designated by the State as a Fire Severity Zone, it is subject to specific fire safe regulations which we enforce each spring when we send out abatement notices during our Weed Abatement program.
How You Can Help Prevent Fires
Whereas, the notices many of you may receive provide guidance as to the vegetation clearance you need to take in order to maintain compliance with the regulations, there are a number of other measures you can take that will not only help you before a fire, but increase your safety when 1 occurs.
This is particularly important as dry conditions and other factors has led to a more active fire season being for all of Sonoma County. We encourage you to take advantage of the free chipper program by contacting Sonoma County Department of Emergency Services at (707) 565-1152.
We also encourage you to get involved with the Fitch Mountain Homeowners Association which has established neighborhood fire safety groups in most areas on the mountain and who welcome your participation. Please contact Dave Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on how to be fire safe please visit the following websites: