The Yountville Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to providing Fire Resouces to our Members. With the ever-present threat of wildfires, it is imperative our members and Napa County residents stay prepared and well informed.
In the event of an active fire in Napa County, this page will be kept up to date with relevant information.
NAPA COUNTY CURRENT WILDFIRE STATUS:
There Are Currently No Active Wildfires in Napa County.
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Measure L funds critically important, enhanced fire prevention and protection projects as outlined in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). This plan was created over an 18-month process with input from local leaders including Napa Communities Firewise Foundation and grassroots fire-safe councils.
The newly adopted Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) outlines the work to be done. This work will minimize wildfire damage to local watersheds and drinking water sources; help prevent wildfires from threatening residential areas and businesses; create fuel breaks, reduce vegetation and flammable brush; and clear Napa County’s roads for first responders and evacuations.
But, the CWPP needs a revenue source. That’s where Measure L comes in. Napa County’s budget is stretched thin and funding the CWPP with existing revenues requires significant cuts to vital services such as roads and public safety. Instead, Measure L asks every resident, and tourists who visit Napa Valley, to share the cost through an increase of ¼ cent in sales tax (which is 25 cents for every $100 spent on taxable items) with citizen oversight, independent annual audits, and all revenue staying local. And Measure L will draw millions of dollars in state and federal matching grants, all for fuel reduction and fire prevention.
That’s why Measure L is supported by local fire chiefs and grassroots fire councils, small business owners, environmental advocates, local community leaders, local mayors and councilmembers, and healthcare providers.
NAPA COUNTY COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN
The Napa Community Firewise Foundation has prepared a county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) to help Agencies, Fire Safe Councils, Communities, and local homeowners define, plan and prioritize actions to limit damage from the inevitability of wildland fire. It is funded in large part by a CAL FIRE Climate Change Investment Fund Fire Prevention Grant.
A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a mechanism for communities to address their wildfire risk, by promoting collaboration and local action through comprehensive planning and prioritization.
The CWPP entails the collaboration of local, state, and federal agency representatives, and other interested parties, such as individual property owners, and special interest groups.
Through this process, the plan:
- Identifies areas of high hazard in which topography, fuel and weather create the potential for extreme fire behavior regardless of socio-political boundaries.
- Identifies where there is interest, willingness to participate and resources for preparedness and mitigation activities.
- Addresses structure ignitibility.
- Protects at-risk communities and essential infrastructure.
- Prioritizes fuel reduction and recommends types and methods of treatment.
- Contributes to effective strategies for community outreach and education.
WHY DO WE NEED A CWPP?
While the region has many land-use, and resource management plans, there was no county-wide plan to provide a comprehensive vision that coordinates and prioritizes efforts to reduce fire hazards.
A history of wildfire and continued fire hazards exists in Napa County.
In addition, there are many “values at risk,” from wildfire, including life safety, homes and property, critical infrastructure, and natural resources.
HOW WE CAN MAKE NAPA COUNTY FIRE SAFE?
A CWPP can lead the way. Planning, preparedness, and mitigation may make all the difference when the next fire happens.
Napa County has a rich history of collaboration of emergency response agencies, land managers, other agencies, or special interest groups such as local firesafe councils, homeowner associations, and individual property owners. Developing the Napa County CWPP can reinforce these bonds and forge new collaborative alliances and facilitate more efficiencies and economies of scale.
The more diverse the stakeholders involved in the various stages the more resilient the community. Individual roles may be large or small, ongoing, or focused on one area.
WHAT DOES OUR COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN (CWPP) INCLUDE?
A CWPP embodies a road map for the future. It includes:
- Analyses of conditions, hazards and recommendations related to the natural and built environment
- Descriptions of processes and people involved, as well as a synopsis of policies, codes, programs, maps, and associated plans, including environmental economic, and sociopolitical constraints
- A reference architecture for areas of agency collaboration
- Depictions of emergency response capabilities
- An articulation of specific regional project priorities for fuel reduction
- Community base map, and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) delineation
- An overarching strategy for sustained community outreach and education including data collection, and communication strategies
- Recommendations, actions and monitoring to guide the future
WHAT ARE THE LIKELY RESULTS-OUTCOMES OF THE CWPP?
- Shared vision of current situation
- Open statement of priorities
- Common, shared, or parallel paths for improvement of wildfire safety
- Greater engagement and collaboration with partners/stakeholders
- Increased potential for project funding/efficiency
- A sustainable framework and governing process for ongoing work to amend and enhance the strategy
- Improved services and coordination for Fire Safe Councils by better centralizing specific shared services and functions.
TOWN OF YOUNTVILLE RESOURCES
Start here to educate yourself on how to prepare when there’s a wildfire:
If the flames come to Yountville, your life may well depend on making correct decisions, most of them related to when and how you will evacuate. Prepare a Family Emergency Plan and be prepared to put your plan into action. Make your own Pre-Packed Evacuation Kit or purchase a Pre-assembled kit.
Stay calm and don’t panic – do not call 911 unless you have a life threatening emergency.
If fire is in your vicinity:
- Tune your radio to local media for further information
- If ordered to evacuate, do so at once
- Assemble the items on your Grab and Go Checklist.
- Alert neighbors to the danger (see our Yountville Neighbor Network page for more on information on how to help)
Do your part to help with fire prevention in your home:
- Make sure you have functioning smoke detectors
- Keep multi-purpose fire extinguishers (2-A:10-B:C Rated) handy
- Keep flammable items away from wall and floor heaters
- Take care with space heaters and candles
The Napa County Fire Department at Yountville understands the challenge residents have in maintaining defensible space around their homes. With this in mind, they will assist you in identifying hazards specific to your residence by performing Hazard Assessments upon request. Contact them at (707) 963-4112. Visit the Napa County Fire Department page for more information.
NAPA COUNTY RESOURCES
DEFENSIBLE SPACE RESOURCES
Don’t wait until it is too late! Prepare for a wildfire now.
Take a look at this short video to learn what defensible space is for unincorporated areas of the County of Napa and Town of Yountville.
Keep your property lean and green to help protect your family and home.
Defensible space, coupled with home hardening, is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. Defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it helps protect your home from catching fire—either from embers, direct flame contact or radiant heat. Proper defensible space also provides firefighters a safe area to work in, to defend your home.
Defensible Space Zones
Zones 1 and 2 currently make up the 100 feet of defensible space required by law. Assembly Bill 3074, passed into law in 2020, requires a third zone for defensible space. This law requires the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to develop the regulation for a new ember-resistant zone (Zone 0) within 0 to 5 feet of the home by January 1, 2023. The intensity of wildfire fuel management varies within the 100-foot perimeter of the home, with more intense fuels’ reduction occurring closer to your home. Start at the home and work your way out to 100 feet or to your property line, whichever is closer.
Zone 0 – Ember-Resistant Zone
Zone 0 extends 5 feet from buildings, structures, decks, etc.
The ember-resistant zone is currently not required by law, but science has proven it to be the most important of all the defensible space zones. This zone includes the area under and around all attached decks, and requires the most stringent wildfire fuel reduction. The ember-resistant zone is designed to keep fire or embers from igniting materials that can spread the fire to your home. The following provides guidance for this zone, which may change based on the regulation developed by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Use hardscape like gravel, pavers, concrete and other noncombustible mulch materials. No combustible bark or mulch
Remove all dead and dying weeds, grass, plants, shrubs, trees, branches and vegetative debris (leaves, needles, cones, bark, etc.); Check your roofs, gutters, decks, porches, stairways, etc.
Remove all branches within 10 feet of any chimney or stovepipe outlet
Limit plants in this area to low growing, nonwoody, properly watered and maintained plants
Limit combustible items (outdoor furniture, planters, etc.) on top of decks
Relocate firewood and lumber to Zone 2
Replace combustible fencing, gates, and arbors attach to the home with noncombustible alternatives
Consider relocating garbage and recycling containers outside this zone
Consider relocating boats, RVs, vehicles and other combustible items outside this zone
Zone 1 – Lean, Clean and Green Zone
Zone 1 extends 30 feet from buildings, structures, decks, etc. or to your property line, whichever is closer.
Remove all dead plants, grass and weeds (vegetation).
Remove dead or dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof and rain gutters.
Remove branches that hang over your roof and keep dead branches 10 feet away from your chimney.
Trim trees regularly to keep branches a minimum of 10 feet from other trees.
Relocate wood piles to Zone 2.
Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs near windows.
Remove vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks, balconies and stairs.
Create a separation between trees, shrubs and items that could catch fire, such as patio furniture, wood piles, swing sets, etc.
Zone 2 – Reduce Fuel Zone
Zone 2 extends from 30 feet to 100 feet out from buildings, structures, decks, etc. or to your property line, whichever is closer.
Cut or mow annual grass down to a maximum height of 4 inches.
Create horizontal space between shrubs and trees. (See diagram)
Create vertical space between grass, shrubs and trees. (See diagram)
Remove fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark, cones, and small branches. However, they may be permitted to a depth of 3 inches.
All exposed wood piles must have a minimum of 10 feet of clearance, down to bare mineral soil, in all directions.
Zone 1 and 2
“Outbuildings” and Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) storage tanks shall have 10 feet of clearance to bare mineral soil and no flammable vegetation for an additional 10 feet around their exterior.
Many local government agencies have local ordinances for defensible space or weed abatement. These local ordinances will often be more stringent than the State’s minimum requirements listed above (e.g., San Diego County requires 50 feet of clearance in Zone 1). Check with your local fire department or fire protection district for any additional defensible space or weed abatement ordinance requirements.
Plant and Tree Spacing
The spacing between grass, shrubs, and trees is crucial to reduce the spread of wildfires. The spacing needed is determined by the type and size of brush and trees, as well as the slope of the land. For example, a property on a steep slope with larger vegetation requires greater spacing between trees and shrubs than a level property that has small, sparse vegetation.
Remove all tree branches at least 6 feet from the ground.
Allow extra vertical space between shrubs and trees. Lack of vertical space can allow a fire to move from the ground to the brush to the treetops like a ladder. This leads to more intense fire closer to your home.
To determine the proper vertical spacing between shrubs and the lowest branches of trees, use the formula below.
Example: A five-foot shrub is growing near a tree. 3×5 = 15 feet of clearance needed between the top of the shrub and the lowest tree branch.
Horizontal spacing depends on the slope of the land and the height of the shrubs or trees. Check the chart below to determine spacing distance.
Proper landscaping for wildfire isn’t necessarily the same thing as a well-maintained yard. This type of landscaping focuses on plant characteristics, properties and maintenance to resist the spread of fire to your home.
The good news is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make your landscape wildfire resilient and reduce the risk to your home. Through proper planning and routine maintenance, you can conserve water and create a beautiful landscape.
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ASSEMBLE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate. Plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time. Each person should have a readily accessible emergency supply kit. Backpacks work great for storing these items (except food and water) and are quick to grab. Storing food and water in a tub or chest on wheels will make it easier to transport. Keep it light enough to be able to lift it into your car. Ensure you plan with COVID-19 in mind.
Emergency Supply Kit Checklist:
- Face masks or coverings
- Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
- Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
- Prescriptions or special medications
- Change of clothing
- Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
- An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
- First aid kit
- Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- Sanitation supplies
- Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
- Don’t forget pet food and water!
Items to take if time allows:
- Easily carried valuables
- Family photos and other irreplaceable items
- Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
- Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.
Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.
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CALIFORNIA STATE RESOURCES
During a State of Emergency or federal disaster declaration, there are additional resources and services that may available to those affected by wildfires. Wildfire survivors are also encouraged to check with their county.
- Debris Removal
- Volunteer and Donate
REBUILDING AFTER A WILDFIRE
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