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Firefighters plan wildfire drills in Portola Valley

Original post made on Apr 1, 2012

Firefighters from all over San Mateo County will converge on the Spring Down open space just south of the Portola Valley Town Center in the second week of April to engage in a series of wildfire control exercises, Battalion Chief Kevin Butler of the Woodside Fire Protection District said.

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Posted by Bolivar
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Apr 1, 2012 at 2:40 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.


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