2016 PG&E Fuel Reduction Grants
Marin-03: San Anselmo Fuel Reduction
PG&E Project number
Type of Project
Various Locations, San Anselmo, CA (see map)
Size of the project
.625 Acre (Hawthorne canyon)
.897 Acre (Faude Park)
1.84 Acres (Loma Robles Dr)
1.5 Acres (Melville Ave)
Proximity to PG&E Equipment
Melville Avenue (1.5 acres): On August 31st Elite tree service conducted vegetation removal on Melville Avenue from Echo Court to the end of Melville at Oak Avenue. The work started at 0800 hours and was completed by 1700 hours. There were numerous large Oak tree branches that were removed do to impeding fire department access as well as causing risk to the power lines above the roadway. The vegetation along the roadway was thinned dramatically decreasing the fuel load adjacent to power lines. Per the owner of Elite tree Service all of the vegetation removed totalled approximately 27 chipped yards of debris. Provides fire engine access and improved escape route, and protects PG&E infrastructure.
Hawthorne Canyon (.625 Acres): Removed ground and ladder fuels in city owned open space area to reduce fuel load near PG&E power lines and reduce neighborhood risk.
Faude Park (.897 Acres): Cut french and scotch broom on the Faude fire road to provide fire department access adjacent to PG&E overhead power lines, and create a shaded fuel break.
Loma Robles Dr (1.84 Acres): Elite Tree service cut, cleared, chipped, and hauled 75 yards of brush and dead vegetation over 4 days. Provides fire engine access to Red Hill, creates a shaded fuel break between Red Hill and apartment buildings and businesses, and reduces fuel load near PG&E power lines.
Figure 1: Map of the San Anselmo Fuel Reduction Projects - Hawthorne Canyon, Faude Park, Loma Robles Dr, and Melville Ave in San Anselmo, CA.
View Detailed Map Online: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1t2uCDMjtLwVzlvvV0ZK8qiomo_o&usp=sharing
October 8, 2016, a vegetation fire ignited near Loma Robles Drive and Sir Francis Drake Blvd in San Anselmo. The fire burned in an open space area on “Red Hill,” and immediately adjacent to the area cleared with PG&E grant funds less than one month earlier. The 1+ acre vegetation fire was fought by Marin County Fire Department, San Rafael Fire Department, Southern Marin Fire Protection District, Larkspur Fire Department, Corte Madera Fire Department, and with the assistance of three fixed wing and one rotor wing aircraft from Cal Fire. The grant funded fuel reduction work at Loma Robles provided defensible space for nearby apartment and commercial buildings, provided firefighters and fire engines a safe workspace, and helped protect PG&E and community infrastructure. No buildings or infrastructure were damaged.
The first image shows the fire burning, with PG&E funded vegetation removal visible in the right side of frame.