With the Bay Area's anomalously warm, dry winter, the work that North County Fire Authority (NCFA) is doing in Brisbane becomes ever more important. Earlier this week, NCFA in coordination with CAL FIRE, had fire hand crews reducing weeds and brush along an approximately 100-ft. deep strip behind homes from the end of Trinity Rd. to just beyond the intersection of Kings and San Mateo Ln. This vegetation reduction fuel break was established several years ago and constructed with the intent to reduce the potential for the rapid spread of fire. The June 22, 2008 brush fire in Owl and Buckeye Canyons of San Bruno Mountain that resulted in a total of 30 fire companies from all over the Peninsula arriving to fight the blaze and 102 residences being evacuated, is still often recounted by the city and its residents.
On that note, please remember to get signed up for SMC Alerts if you haven't already done so. This is the platform the city's Office of Emergency Services will use in the event of a disaster or an emergency.
The city has also joined the County of San Mateo in becoming a Weather-Ready Ambassador, partnering with the National Weather Service and National Atmospheric Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) personnel on potential collaboration opportunities. Such may be the case when NCFA conducts their annual Wildland Fire Awareness event in early June. Details to come. In the meantime, you can get up-to-the-minute weather updates by following the Bay Area's National Weather Service on Twitter (@NWSBAYAREA).