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News - May 1, 2013

Wildfire drill comes to Woodside

by Dave Boyce

There will be hurrying fire trucks on Woodside's roads on Friday, May 3, as well as a patrolling helicopter or two in the air as members of the Woodside Fire Protection District and other firefighting agencies in San Mateo County take part in a day-long annual woodland fire drill. Portola Valley was the host for the 2012 exercise.

The imaginary wildfire will be "large" and "aggressive" and include three imaginary fire locations: at Marva Oaks Drive along Canada Road at the northern end of town, at Albion Drive just west of downtown, and further west on the grounds of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County on Kings Mountain Road, according to Woodside district Fire Marshal Denise Enea.

The Menlo Country Club on Woodside Road just east of Interstate 280 will serve as the staging area for equipment and firefighters, Ms. Enea said. Also participating will be Town Hall staff, the county Office of Emergency Services, and deputies from the county Sheriff's Office. The drill begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

"Wildland fire has remained a constant threat over the years to our native brush filled hillsides," Ms. Enea said in a statement. "The Fire District urges residents of Woodside, Portola Valley and the neighboring unincorporated neighborhoods to create defensible space around their property and look for ways to improve their homes ignition resistance."

The fire district recommends keeping roofs and the underside of decks clear of leaf debris, and replacing combustible wood-shake roofs with non-combustible metal, slate or composition materials. Noncombustible siding and deck surfaces are another important step to consider when making remodeling plans, Ms. Enea said.

Go to tinyurl.com/Prevent-fire-13 for more information on fire prevention in Woodside.

Go to firesafesanmateo.org for even more.

Go to cerpp.org for information on the services provided by the local volunteers for the crisis management group Citizens Emergency Response Preparedness Program.

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