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Combating fire

Original post made on Apr 4, 2012

Firefighters from Menlo Park, Fremont and South San Francisco joined in fire-combat training drills at the Baylands Structural Collapse Training Center in Menlo Park on Tuesday, April 3. ==I Almanac photo by Michelle Le.==

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Posted by Marianne
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Apr 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I'm glad to hear about the fire drills. I'd also love to hear about plans to remove the numerous and hazardous Eucalyptus groves. Every summer I dread my neighbor's 30-40 feet high trees going up in flames, and every winter I dread those same trees falling down on my house during a storm. In 30 years I have yet to see my neighbors prune their Eucalyptus or remove debris from under the trees. (They do prune the trees close to their own house!)

The, Woodside FD has told me that the trees aren't a hazard. Despite the fire department's reassurances, I'm really relieved the FD is having fire drills; it's only a matter of time until those highly flammable trees contribute to the sort of fire horror we had decades ago at Arastradero/Foothill.