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Unread 09-26-2010, 03:10 AM
 
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Default Fire Risk in Santa Cruz Mountains?

Hi There,

Our family of four (myself, husband, toddler and infant) might be relocating to Santa Cruz area for husband's job. The Santa Cruz mountains seem beautiful and a bit more quiet than town. One question I have though is risk of fire, is this a major problem for these communities?

Any info would be appreciated.
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Unread 09-26-2010, 04:19 AM
 
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Well it seems like there is a fire risk pretty much anywhere in California that isn't totally urban. It doesn't rain at all outside of winter, so that creates a lot of dried up brush and depending on the year there are major fires in late summer and early autumn.

Last year there were some MAJOR fires in the Santa Cruz mountain area. I know that the Bonny Doon area got torched pretty bad. Here's an article about it:

A major wildfire burns in Santa Cruz County | abc7news.com


So yes there is a risk in the Santa Cruz mountains, but there's the same risk pretty much anywhere else in California. More urban areas don't have as much brush so you won't get the massive fires like in more rural areas.
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Unread 09-26-2010, 12:59 PM
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This is painting with a broad brush, but generally there are more wildland firefighting resources as one gets closer to urban populations, so the chance of being able to pick up a fire in it's initial attack is more likely.

That being said, no agency is going to be able to catch a fire when the temp is 100+ and there's a decent wind on it. Antone who lives in the wildland/urban interface should be prepared to clear their home of vegetation back 100' according to state law.

More on that here: Wildfire is Coming. Is Your Home Ready? - Home
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Unread 09-26-2010, 02:49 PM
 
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Well it seems like there is a fire risk pretty much anywhere in California that isn't totally urban. It doesn't rain at all outside of winter, so that creates a lot of dried up brush and depending on the year there are major fires in late summer and early autumn.
True about the lack of rain during the summer, but coastal areas are kept moist by the fog. Coastal redwoods are resistent to fires more so than oak, madrone, manzinita, etc. I would avoid the chapparral wooded areas. Areas around Felton, Boulder Creek, etc. should be OK.
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Unread 09-26-2010, 08:39 PM
 
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Bonny Doon is not very far from the coast. The Pacific can keep some of the sun away but a lot of the year rural Santa Cruz county is pretty warm and dry compared with the area around SF or Monterey, but I haven't spent enough time there to know if parts of the county are that different in terms of fire hazard and dryness.
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Unread 09-26-2010, 11:00 PM
 
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Yes, there is a fire risk in the mountains, as there is in any forest. And those famed sea breezes tend to be more of a hindrance than a help. I would talk to an insurance company and see what they think of the fire risk in the specific area you're looking at.
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Unread 09-27-2010, 03:45 AM
 
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This is painting with a broad brush, but generally there are more wildland firefighting resources as one gets closer to urban populations, so the chance of being able to pick up a fire in it's initial attack is more likely.

That being said, no agency is going to be able to catch a fire when the temp is 100+ and there's a decent wind on it. Antone who lives in the wildland/urban interface should be prepared to clear their home of vegetation back 100' according to state law.

More on that here: Wildfire is Coming. Is Your Home Ready? - Home

Interesting link.

Just out of interest, do any householders fit irrigation / fire protection systems to protect their properties?

I am not in the US, but with irrigation installation being one of my previous occupations, I think I would be tempted to if I was.

Just a thought.
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