Monday, June 30, 2008
Over the course of 1 and 1/2 hours, an overview of the fire and the strategy used to successfully attack it was presented by Fire Chief Ron Myers, followed by a question-answer time with community members bringing forth ideas regarding everything from the importance of maintaining a defensible space around one's personal property, to the felt desire for more information in the wake of an emergency. The City is working to strengthen its Emergency Response Plan to account for all the various suggestions which have been brought to the table, and welcome any more you may have. A reminder to sign up to receive instant updates from San Mateo County ALERT if you haven't already done so...it is right now the fastest way for you to receive up-to-the-second emergency information...and not just that which pertains to Brisbane, but any jurisdiction(s) of your choosing.
Thanks to all who made it out to personally express their comments, concerns, and compliments for a job well done...and for Christie's and Jamba Juice for helping to keep 'em coming!
Friday, June 27, 2008
(The pictures below were taken by Brisbane resident Steve Berry who dropped off over 300 of his pictures at City Hall. Here are the ones that particularly stand out):
The fire started burning in Owl Canyon and then made its way left to Buckeye Canyon.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
For your health and safety, please remain indoors and limit any outdoor activity.
Take this time to sign up with SMC ALERTS to receive real-time notifications through e-mail or any wireless device during a major crisis or emergency.
Preparations made by property owners before a fire can greatly aid in fire suppression efforts. In fact, there have been incidents reported in other areas where a re-burn occured. This was due to winds coming up a couple days after the fire had been extinguished, carrying embers to areas containing dried out vegetation. And with the very dry spring we just had, the need to clear brush and overgrown vegetation from individual properties becomes even more imperative. Please do your part by removing weeds, leaves, and other highly- flammable brush from the perimeter of your home. The Brisbane Fire Dept. and North County Fire recommend you do so for up to 100 ft. around your property. If you have any questions regarding weed abatement issues, please call Elizabeth Solis at the Fire Dept. at 468-7190.
Monday, June 23, 2008
30 fire companies from all over the Peninsula would eventually arrive to fight the blaze, including North County Fire and CAL Fire. Ultimately, a near 200-person firefighting crew was on-hand, which also included a rehab unit, a bulldozer, 2 helicopters, and 10 chief officers. 100 police officers were also called in to help with the precautionary evacuation order of Trinity, Paul, Kings, and Margaret in the upper community of Central Brisbane. A total of 102 residences were evacuated, with the Community Park serving as a first place of refuge for those evacuees. Brisbane Public Works was on-site to assist in directing traffic, helping keep emergency access routes to the site clear and accessible to responding units. Those evacuated were directed to head towards Mission Blue Center, where food and drinks were provided. Community Emergency Volunteers (CEVs) made themselves readily available in directing traffic, as well as activiating MBC as a temporary shelter.
CAL Fire then dropped off crews at the top of the Mountain, who implemented what is called a backfire. This is a fire set along the inner edge of a fireline to consume the fuel in the path of a wildfire. In essence, a backfire is started to draw the fire back to its head, cutting off its fuel. The backfire was completed successfully, though not without offering those looking on quite the glowing spectacle. The fire was contained in approximately 5 hours, with extinguishment and overhaul continuing today. With winds now blowing smoke over Central Brisbane, the Brisbane Fire Dept. advises for residents to stay indoors and for windows to remain tightly closed. If you have respiratory problems, it may be worth considering to move to another location while the air clears over the next couple of days.
The emergency evacuation drill will still be taking place this coming Saturday, though smaller in scale than what the City actually saw take place this past weekend. It will allow the community a time of de-briefing of yesterday's fire, as there is no better time than now to discuss insights of what worked well during yesterday's incident and what didn't. For example, how to best keep the streets clear for responding units, while likewise ensuring that residents are able to safely exit the incident scene. After yesterday's event, this may be most swiftly done on foot to allow responding vehicles enough room to pass. So please plan on participating in this Saturday's exercise, because as we experienced from last night, the next wildland fire could come at any time. It's up to us to determine whether or not we're doing all we can to be fully prepared for when that moment comes.
Pictures sent from residents and found on news sites are compiled below:
A shot taken from the Northeast Ridge.
Backfire being implemented down Trinity.
Courtesy of KGO...and yes, that's a hummingbird in the foreground.
Press conference held this afternoon at Mission Blue Center.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Speaking of latest happenings, there are some exciting ones to report on happening in Parks & Rec! For one, the Lipman Tennis Courts have been re-opened and are ready for play. Enjoy this beautiful weather and take a swing at it!
If you prefer to keep cool while you unwind, you’ll have more time to do so at the Community Pool – summer hours take effect on Monday, 6/23. They are:
Adult Lap Swim:
Mon-Fri: 6:30 - 1:00pm, 4:30 - 7:00pm
Mon-Thurs: 7:00 - 8:00pm
Sat-Sun: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Mon-Fri: 1:00 - 4:30pm, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Sat-Sun: 12:00 - 5:00pm
For further information regarding the Pool, click here.
Returning for its second year, an Advanced Pitching Clinic featuring USC Head Pitching Coach Tom House will be taking place Aug. 15 – 17 at our very own Mission Blue Field. The RDRBI Pitching Clinic is an in-depth three-day clinic focusing on the four legs of the performance table: biomechanical, physical, and mental/emotional preparation for pitching with more efficiency, less risk of injury and greater success. Click here to register!
Tom House at Mission Blue Field, 2007
If pitching drills don’t suit your style, this next one definitely should as it affects the safety of our entire community. Next Saturday, 6/28, a simulation of a major wildland fire will be taking place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. This “Wildland Pre-Fire Attack Plan” was borne out of the dedicated efforts of staff from the North County Fire Authority, Brisbane Police Department, Department of Public Works O&M, City EOC Logistics Section, Community Emergency Volunteers, and Office of Emergency Services to ensure residents respond as quickly and safely as possible in the event of a major wildland fire taking place in the upper community of central Brisbane. The scheduled geographic impact area is Humboldt Rd, but because these disasters can never be “scheduled”, it would be in your best interest to take a proactive stance and make the private preparations required to plan for natural disasters.
This coming Monday, 6/23, the City Council will be meeting to review upcoming capital improvement projects taking place in town. Come and see how these will be funded and the benefits they hold for you and the community at large. And speaking of funding for capital projects, a measure will be on the November ballot regarding an increase in Business License fees for those businesses in town generating more than $10,000,000 in gross receipts.
And that just about wraps up this week’s updates. Stay tuned for more, especially as City News is slated to be going on “vacation” for the months of July and August. It will be returning in the Fall as yet another way of informing the Brisbane community of what’s going on in the City of Stars.
Monday, June 16, 2008
In the meantime we have Council agenda packets available at City Hall and the library and we will also make packets available at Madhouse Coffee. Additionally, the City Clerk who e-mails the agenda to all who have signed up for this service can e-mail or make available staff reports. The public is encouraged to contact her to get reports, agendas, minutes, etc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City staff will continue to work earnestly to provide website access to city information. However, this is a lesson that we live in an electronic age where there are any number of individuals that create “mischief” by attacking websites. It is and will continue to be a challenge for website security experts to stay ahead of the “hackers”.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Construction of a soil nail retaining wall is slated to begin in mid-June at the 900 block of Humboldt Rd. (between Glen Pkwy & Kings Rd.), and will continue through August 2008. In doing so, the City is continuing in its stabilization efforts and to prevent the hillside from sliding again in the event of heavy winter storms. Due to construction and lane closures, motorists are advised to expect delays at the 800 block of Humboldt. Please take alternate routes around the work areas if possible and be cautious of traffic control, construction equipment, and workers when traveling in or near the construction area.
But it doesn't hurt to exercise extra precaution before then! Starting next Wednesday (6/18) through the following Tuesday (6/24), we will be conducting annual pavement maintenance through asphalt slurry sealing. This is a low-cost surface treatment that preserves the existing asphalt on our streets. Residents whose streets have been selected to be slurry sealed will be individually notified on Monday (6/16). See below to see if you will be in any way impacted:
- Work is scheduled to be performed between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Alternating cul-de-sacs in the Northeast Ridge will be closed off during that time (road width prevents doing the work in phases)
- Mission Blue Dr. will be 1-way ONLY Wednesday and Thursday
- Santa Clara St. will be 1-way ONLY Thursday and Friday (all traffic will be from San Francisco Ave. to San Bruno Ave.)
- San Bruno Ave. (between Thomas Ave. & Bayshore Blvd.) will be 1-way ONLY Thursday and Friday (all traffic will run southbound)
- Brisbane Police and Fire departments have been notified, along with USPS, UPS, and FedEx.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
Come and join in on this exciting process -- this is your time to make sure your ideas are heard!