Wildfire Preparedness

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Wildfire Preparedness




As part of the ongoing efforts by the City of San Carlos to protect our community from the threat of wildfires, CAL Fire crews will be working at three locations in our city to reduce hazardous vegetation. The crews will consist of approximately 30 people, clearing fire hazards and building fuel breaks using chainsaws and other tools. Crews will be working from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each of the following days:

  • Crestview Park: 7/23, 7/26 & 7/29
  • Eaton Park: 8/2, 8/9, & 8/16
  • Highlands Park: 8/20, 8/22, 8/23 & 8/26

Wildfire Preparedness Meetings

Meeting 1: Domenico Winery - April 13, 2019


Meeting 2: Hiller Aviation Museum - April 16, 2019

Final Meetings Report

Questions & Answers

Creating Defensible Space

As are all of the beautiful hillsides of the Bay Area, the San Carlos hillsides are at risk for a devastating wildfire. The San Carlos & Redwood City Fire Department has laid out several concrete steps that you can take to protect your home and your family from the threat of wildfire. 

Defensive Space - Wildfire










Defensible space is the buffer you create between your home and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it, and is essential to improving your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and protects your home from catching fire from direct flame contact or radiant heat.

Mowing, weeding, pruning, thinning, spacing, and careful plant selection can make the difference between survival and losing your home during a wildfire. 

Guidelines for Vegetation Management within 100 feet of your home:

  • Remove all dead and dying plants
  • Remove vegetation and replant using drought-tolerant, fire-resistant plants
  • Trim or remove plants to create the recommended vertical and horizontal separation between them
  • Remove dry leaves, twigs, pine needles, etc. from the yard, roof,  and rain gutters

Additional Resources

Cal Fire: Ready for Wildfire

PG&E: Prepare for an Outage or Evacuation
Any questions regarding emergency shut off should be directed to PG&E at 1 (800) 743-5000.