SCFSC Hazardous Fuel Reduction Program Accomplishments

The SCFSC Hazardous Fuel Reduction Programs are described in the previous chapter on SCFSC Programs. Measuring the success of these programs is required for our Federal Grants and other contributors and agreements. The key measurements include:

  • Homes and Acres Treated
    Homes and Acres Treated
    Homes Treated: Homes Treated is the number of homes participating in our Defensible Space Chipping Programs and Special Needs Assistance Programs. Applications for community chipping piles, homeowner and neighborhood associations, and fuel breaks are usually for more than one home and may be for hundreds of homes.

  • Acres Treated: Acres Treated is the acres of Defensible Space created or maintained for the Homes Treated. Clearing 100’ of Defensible Space around a typical home is about one acre.

  • Homes, People and Property Values Protected
    Homes, People and Property Values Protected
    Homes Protected: Homes Protected is the number of homes that the treated homes and acres help protect. Creating Defensible Space around one home often helps protect several nearby homes, especially when homes are close to property lines.

  • People Protected: People Protected is the number of people that live in the Homes Protected. In Santa Clara County, this averages about three people per home.

  • Property Values Protected: Property Values Protected is the value of the Homes Protected. In Santa Clara County, due to the high prices for homes, this can be a very large number.

To avoid duplication and be conservative, the measurements are adjusted so a home isn’t counted as treated or protected more than once per year even if a homeowner submits more than one application or work is done in that area more than one time per year (e.g., first for a community chipping pile and later for a fuel break in the same area). Fuel break and evacuation route projects often involve very substantial In-Kind Contributions of Service from our partners (e.g., fuel breaks created by the CAL FIRE inmate crews).

These key measurements show how our Fuel Reduction Programs have expanded over the years. The big increase in 2014 is due to our agreements with cities and fire districts, and the PG&E projects that were completed in 2014, as described in our 2014 Annual Report (the accomplishments above are on Page 5 of the report).

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