This work is the first step towards evaluating areas and installing parking boxes. Our hope is that vegetation removal along roadways will increase safe parking options while still allowing for access and emergency egress.
FAQ Topic: Roadside Clearance FAQ's
This work will improve evacuation safety and emergency responder access during a wildfire by reducing the amount of flammable vegetation along and above roadways.
SRFD will update this page to provide scheduled dates by neighborhood as work is planned. After completing our pilot project, we will be able to provide more detailed timeline.
Yes. If crews observe dead trees, downed limbs, or dead vegetation within reach of the roadway, they will remove the debris.
The work has been authorized by the Fire Chief under the San Rafael Municipal Code and California Fire Code.
Yes. SRFD is only cutting vegetation that is in violation of the San Rafael Municipal Code and California Fire Code. If you refuse to have the work completed, you are still required to remove and maintain it yourself, at your cost. Opt out forms will be sent to impacted residents prior to the start of project work.
No, vegetation removal will occur in and from the public right-of-way. If vegetation that threatens evacuation routes is observed outside of the right-of-way, clearly on private property, SRFD will ask permission before removing.
Rarely, this program will focus on trimming individual tree limbs, shrubs, and other vegetation that overhangs the roadway. No mature trees will be removed unless a safety hazard is identified by a certified arborist and/or fire officials and it is determined that removal is the only safe option.