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Hazardous Vegetation Removal Grants

Program Description

The Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District is committed to reducing the threat of wildfire in our community.  In support of this effort, the District has established the Hazardous Vegetation Removal Grant Program. The purpose of this grant program is to encourage Sleepy Hollow residents to create and maintain defensible space around their homes and the perimeter of their properties and take actions to make their homes more fire resistant through the provisions of grant funds to help offset the cost of this undertaking.  If approved, the grant will provide up to $3000 for removal of hazardous species of plants. No match is required. A total of $78,000 is available for this pilot grant program. Grants will be awarded on a first come first serve basis to qualifying applicants. 

All plants can burn if dead, poorly maintained, or drought stressed
The plants we are targeting for removal are representative of common species that typically share one or more of these characteristics: they may be biologically prone to burn due to chemical composition (often containing volatile oils); are difficult to maintain in a fire-resistant state (they accumulate dead woody material, dead leaves, or other hazardous dead growth); they may have a physical structure that presents challenges to routine maintenance (some thorny or dense shrubs that accumulate dead material in locations where it is difficult to remove); they may have a high surface area to volume ratio (such as fine needles or lacy leaves); they may be prone to rapid changes in moisture content in response to environmental conditions (they may be adequately hydrated one day, but lose moisture within hours when exposed to hot, dry weather).

Removal of the following species is eligible for reimbursement under this grant program:

ARBORVITAE Thuja spp. 

Thuja is a genus of coniferous trees in the Cupressaceae (cypress family). There are five species in the genus, two native to North America and three native to eastern Asia. The genus is monophyletic and sister to Thujopsis.They are commonly known as arborvitaes, (from Latin for tree of life) thujas or cedars.Thuja are an extremely fire prone species, and should not be planted in the defensible space zone or near driveways or roadways.

CYPRESS  Cupressus spp. 

They are evergreen trees or large shrubs. The leaves are scale-like, arranged in opposite decussate pairs, and persist for three to five years. On young plants up to two years old, the leaves are needle-like. The cones are long, globose or ovoid with four to 14 scales arranged in opposite decussate pairs; they are mature in 18-24 months from pollination. The seeds are small, 4-7 mm long, with two narrow wings, one along each side of the seed.Many of the species are adapted to fire, holding their seeds for many years in closed cones until the parent trees are killed by a fire; the seeds are then released to colonize the bare, burnt ground. In other species, the cones open at maturity to release the seeds.  The fast-growing hybrid Leyland cypress, often found in gardens, draws one of its parents from this genus (Monterey cypress C. macrocarpa).

JUNIPERS  Juniperus spp. 

Junipers are coniferous plants in the genus Juniperus of the cypress family Cupressaceae.  Junipers (Juniperus spp.) are one of the hardiest, most versatile and drought-tolerant shrubs. They are also one of the most fire prone species, and are sometimes referred to as a "gasoline bush" by firefighters. They are conifers with prickly young foliage that becomes flatter and softer with age.  All junipers should be removed within 100' of structures or 10' of roads and driveways (as required by fire code adopted by Marin fire agencies).  Additional clearance may be required depending on the site and local conditions. Juniper does not belond in the landscaped environment or defensible space zones of structures in California.

FIRESafe MARIN recommends that junipers be removed within 100' or structures and 10' (minimum) of roadways and driveways. Period.

PAMPAS GRASS, JUBATA GRASS  Cortaderia spp.  Cortaderia selloana and Cortaderia jubata, Pampas grass or Jubata Grass, are species of grass known by several common names, including purple pampas grass and Andean pampas grass. Jubata is similar to its more widespread relative, the pampas grass Cortaderia selloana, but it can get quite a bit taller, approaching seven meters in height at maximum.

All Corataderia are fire prone and should be avoided or removed in the defensible space zone.

BAMBOO

Bamboo includes more than 1500 species in 6 "tribes" - all are considered fire-hazardous when planted in Marin's climate. Bamboo is commonly grown as a screen or hedge.  Bamboo should be removed within 30 ' of structures or 10' of roads and driveways according to the fire code adopted by Marin fire agencies.

No bamboo genus or species is “nonflammable” because they all share the same woody stem structure (culms) and other fire prone characteristics. All bamboos form tight clusters of culms (stems).  These tight masses of stems tend to accumulate lots of decay resistant, dead material and inhibit the removal of internal dead culms.  They all shed dead, shaded out leaves while retaining dead leafless twigs.  Leaf and culm sheaths also get caught up in the dense clumps of culms and dead culms are often buried in the dense clumps of culms making it difficult to impossible to remove them.  These characteristics are shared by all bamboos and cause all bamboos to be fire prone.

Some bamboo species are shorter and have more slender culms then others, and therefore have less fuel volume.  However they also lose their live fuel moisture more quickly when exposed to hot dry winds compared to species with larger culms. Many species of bamboo are “runners” which means they can expand their clump size rapidly by means of underground rhizomes (modified underground horizontal stems). Dense bamboo screens are typically used between homes and along roads to screen unwanted views and provide privacy. There are other plants, both natie and non-native, that can create suitable privacy screens while exhibiting lower fire hazard and easier maintenance.

To apply for a grant:

  1. Download and complete application:  SHFPD Hazardous Vegetation Grant Application.doc
  2. Email the completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. SHFPD will notify you if the application has been approved
  4. After your have been notified that your application has been approved, you may have the hazardous plant species removed
  5. Submit photographs of the completed work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Copies of paid invoices for the work must also be included.
  6. If you are unable to submit photographs and invoices via email, please contact Rich Shortall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  7. The District will reimburse you after the work is completed up to a total of $3,000.

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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days 2020

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will host multiple chipper days again in 2020.  We've added a THIRD "curbside pick-up" chipper day due to popular demand.  We've also listened to your feedback and scheduled the pickup days for Monday and Tuesday, to allow homeowners to complete necessary work over the weekend.  

These chipper pickups are for residents fo Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District only.  If your street/address is on the registration form, you're eligible! 

COVID-19 questions: our crews will utilize safe practices and maintain social distancing, masks, sanitation, and other precautions as necessary. Residents may complete themselves or hire gardeners/landscapers to conduct vegetation removal for fire hazard reduction, as an essential service. Please use personal precautions and good safety practices.

2019 was the most successful year in the history of the program. Let's make a BIGGER impact in 2020!

REMEMBER: PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ROSS VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH QUESTIONS!

Ross Valley Fire Department does not manage the Sleepy Hollow chipper days and their staff are unable answer ANY questions.  You MUST follow the directions on the SHFPD Chipper webpage carefully!

2020 CHIPPER DAY SCHEDULE

  • May 18-19, 2020 Curbside pick-up
  • June 22-23, 2020 Curbside pick-up
  • July 20-21, 2020 Curbside pick-up

REGISTER FOR JULY 20-21

  • October 5, 2020 drop off only (to coincide with the creek clean up)
     

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Annual Firewise Renewal Survey: Help keep our insurance rates low!

Sleepy Hollow is a nationally recognized "Firewise USA" site.  We need 5 minutes of your time to make sure our community gets full credit for annual fire-safety improvements and investment! Please do your part by responding to this short survey.

Your response will help us achieve (and keep) Firewise USA recognition, with potential benefits such as reduced insurance premiums, improved insurance retention, and access to grants and neighborhood preparedness funding.

 
Thanks for your time and hard work to build a more fire resilient neighborhood.

Tips:

  • Be sure to select "Sleepy Hollow (San Anselmo)" from the drop down menu for "Your Neighborhood Firewise Site."
  • Estimates are OK when they ask for dollar amounts and amounts of vegetation removed.
  • fields marked with a red asterisk are required
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Final Chipper Day of 2019 THIS SATURDAY! Drop-off only!

CREEK CLEANING/WINTER STORM PREP AND CHIPPER STATION ON OCTOBER 5.  THIS IS THE FINAL CHIPPER DAY OF 2019!

Get your garden gloves and yard waste cans ready for the sixth Annual Sleepy Hollow Creek Cleaning Day on Saturday, October 5.  We’re asking creek-side residents to clean their section of the creek AND we’re asking ALL residents to clean out drainage areas on their property of anything that could cause localized flooding (e.g. yard waste, broken branches, leaves).  We’ll be at the clubhouse at 9am that morning to coordinate efforts if you need any help or guidance.

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will also have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the creek cleaning.  Bring any material removed while creating Defensible Space around your home, and we will chip it for you! Fire season is at its peak - don't be complacent.

Sleepy Hollow Creek Corps leader Eric Riemer has identified potential problem areas that need to be addressed. If you live on the creek and know of any issues or need help with your particular area, please contact Eric at 415-748-4231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THIS IS A DROP-OFF CHIPPER DAY.  NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!  

SATURDAY,  OCTOBER 5, 9AM-3PM

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Register today for the July 20-21 Chipper Days!

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN  sponsor a “Chipper Days" each spring and fall for all residents of the District.  To participate in any curbside chipper days, you must REGISTER ONLINE.  

July 20-21, 2019
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! (Registration opens July 1, closes July 19)
 
 
This is the FINAL CURBSIDE PICK-UP CHIPPER DAY OF 2019!

WHAT WILL THE CREWS REMOVE?

proper chipper pile

Chipper crews will dispose of up to 5 yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approximately 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for instructions.

Crews will dispose of larger materials that won't fit in your green waste cans (1"-6" diameter limbs, brush, branches, etc).  Grass clippings, loose leaves, soft vegetation can't be chipped and must be disposed of in your green waste cans. 


HOW TO MAKE A SUCCESSFUL CHIPPER DAY

1. CREATE DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Please review the steps for creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org/defensible-space. The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).

2. STACK MATERIAL

  1. CHIPPER CREWS WILL DISPOSE OF UP TO 5 CUBIC YARDS OF CUT VEGETATION AT NO COST (APPROXIMATELY 4'X4'X8', STACKED).
  2. Limbs and branches, 1" to 6" diameter,  brush, woody material, broom are OK!  NO Grass, loose leaves, or soft plants (dispose of these in green cans, please).  The chipper can only dispose of limbs, branches, and woody material.
  3. No material should be greater than 6” in diameter.
  4. Material should be freshly cut.  "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  5. Stack material with the CUT ENDS FACING THE STREET!
  6. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  7. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped.

3. WAIT FOR PICK-UP

Crews will pick up material on designated "pick-up" days.  On weekends, we can't promise which of the two days they'll be there.

3. QUESTIONS

Did we miss you?  Be sure the material is stacked at the roadside, visible.  Small amounts of material should be disposed of in green cans - chipper days are for large quantities (1-5+ cubic yards). 

Thank you for helping make Sleepy Hollow a safer, FIREWISE community!

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Register Now: June 22-23 Chipper Days

The June 22-23 Chipper days wwre the most successful in Sleepy Hollow History!  Thank you for making us a Firewise USA nationally recognized community!


 Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN  sponsor a “Chipper Days" each spring and fall for all residents of the District.  To participate in any curbside chipper days, you must REGISTER ONLINE.  

June 22-23, 2019
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! (Registration opens June 1, closes June 20)
Can't get your act together in time for the June chipper days?  Have more material than you can cut and pile in one weekend? We'll be back in July!
July 20-21, 2019
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! (Registration opens July 1, closes July 18)

WHAT WILL THE CREWS REMOVE?

proper chipper pile

Chipper crews will dispose of up to 5 yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approximately 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for instructions.

Crews will dispose of larger materials that won't fit in your green waste cans (1"-6" diameter limbs, brush, branches, etc).  Grass clippings, loose leaves, soft vegetation can't be chipped and must be disposed of in your green waste cans. 


How to Make a successful Chipper Day

1. CREATE DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Please review the steps for creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org/defensible-space. The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).

2. STACK MATERIAL

  1. CHIPPER CREWS WILL DISPOSE OF UP TO 5 CUBIC YARDS OF CUT VEGETATION AT NO COST (APPROXIMATELY 4'X4'X8', STACKED).
  2. Limbs and branches, 1" to 6" diameter,  brush, woody material, broom are OK!  NO Grass, loose leaves, or soft plants (dispose of these in green cans, please).  The chipper can only dispose of limbs, branches, and woody material.
  3. No material should be greater than 6” in diameter.
  4. Material should be freshly cut.  "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  5. Stack material with the CUT ENDS FACING THE STREET!
  6. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  7. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped.

3. WAIT FOR PICK-UP

Crews will pick up material on designated "pick-up" days.  On weekends, we can't promise which of the two days they'll be there.

3. QUESTIONS

Did we miss you?  Be sure the material is stacked at the roadside, visible.  Small amounts of material should be disposed of in green cans - chipper days are for large quantities (1-5+ cubic yards). 

Thank you for helping make Sleepy Hollow a safer, FIREWISE community!

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Evacuation Drill and Safety Fair: Saturday, June 29

Ross Valley Fire Department wil conduct a joint evacuation drill for the southeast quadrant of Sleepy Hollow and the Cascade Canyon area of Fairfax Saturday, June 29, at 9am.  Sleepy Hollow residents in the evacuation zone, and Fairfax residents in Cascade Canyon, will receive a message through the Alert Marin warning system announcing that the voluntary evacuation drill has started and they should immediately evacuate to Drake High School. Car pooling is encouraged. When you arrive at Drake High School, we request that you sign in at registration and we invite you to stay for an informative Safety Fair. All residents of Sleepy Hollow are encouraged to attend the Safety Fair, even if you do not live in the zone participating in the evacuation drill.

Evacuation drills enable public safety personnel to practice interagency coordination, test communication systems, and review evacuation procedures including traffic management.   These drills encourage residents to take action to prepare themselves for a real life emergency. All residents should use this drill as an opportunity to revisit their Family Emergency Plan, double check that they are signed up for Alert Marin, check their Go Bag, and review FIRESafe MARIN's Wildfire Evacuation Checklist.

A few key points to remember include: evacuation is most likely to take place on a “red flag” day when you should be on maximum alert; if you receive and evacuation order leave immediately; if you receive an evacuation warning, leave as soon as possible; know how to open your garage door if there is no power and/or park your car in your driveway facing out; have your Go Kit packed; have your pet and pet carrier ready to go; dress in protective clothing; check on or call neighbors to make sure they are prepared and ready to leave; assist elderly or disabled neighbors if you can.

This year's evacuation zone includes the following streets in Sleepy Hollow:

  • Butterfield Rd (east side south of Green Valley Ct.)
  • Green Valley Ct
  • Butterfield Ln
  • Deer Hollow Rd
  • Fawn Dr
  • Fawn Ct
  • Fox Ln
  • Oak Crest Dr
  • Quail 
  • The Alameda (above 314)
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Chipper Days 2019

Saturday May 18, 2019 Chipper Day has been CANCELLED!

SLEEPY HOLLOW CHIPPER DAYS 2019

DO NOT CONTACT ROSS VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH QUESTIONS!!!  Ross Valley Fire Department does not manage the Sleepy Hollow chipper days and their staff are unable answer ANY questions.  You MUST follow the directions on this page carefully!

SCHEDULE

Saturday May 18, 2019
CANCELLED!
 
June 22-23, 2019
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! (Registration opens June 1, closes June 20)
 
July 20-21, 2019
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! (Registration opens July 1, closes July 18)
 
October 5, 2019 (to coincide with the creek clean up)
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required

Special thanks to Small World Tree Service and Youth2Work for 4 years of chipper days and service to Sleepy Hollow.

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2018 CHIPPER DAYS.  YOUR EFFORTS HELPED SLEEPY HOLLOW ACHIEVE NATIONAL FIREWISE COMMUNITY RECOGNITION FOR THE FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR!

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Regular Meeting Notice: May 7, 2019

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

Date: May 7. 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

Place: Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse 
1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960

Agenda

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Special Meeting Notice: February 22, 2019

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Date: February 22, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse
1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

*** Note Time Change ***

AGENDA

2019-02-122_special_meeting.pdf

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Audible Warning System Test: Tuesday, December 4

LRAD Portable Loudspeaker

UPDATE: LRAD LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM WILL BE TESTED AT 10AM TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4

LRAD Engineers have stated that the max decibEL level for residents closest to the test (within 100') will be 80, and within hearing safe levels.  The audio warning message will last less than 60 seconds.

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and Ross Valley Fire Department will be conducting a test of an emergency alert system using a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) next Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10am.  The test will be conducted at the Sleepy Hollow Community Center on Butterfield Road, and will be audible through most of Sleepy Hollow.  During the test, individuals within 3km of the test site may hear a loud alert tone followed by a voice message.  If you hear the emergency alert during either of these times, please remember THIS IS ONLY A TEST!

The Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) is an acoustic hailing device developed by LRAD Corporation to send audible messages and warning tones over longer distances or at higher volume than normal loudspeakers.  Triggered by emergency managers using satellite transmissions and battery power, these systems will be tested next week by many Marin public safety agencies as a redundant, supplemental warning system to deliver emergency information and evacuation notices.  The December 4 test is part of the evaluation of the system's effectiveness, and there is currently no contract to purchase or install the system.

The 2016 Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report adopted at the March 11, 2017 SHFPD Board Meeting recommended adoption of an audible warning system in Sleepy Hollow due to the lack of cellular coverage and importance of early warning during wildfires and other disasters.

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District may poll residents via email following the test to confirm that the system was audible in various Sleepy Hollow neighborhoods.

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Warning System Test Next Tuesday, December 4!

LRAD Portable Testing Unit

LRAD Loudspeaker System Will Be Tested at 10AM TuEsday, December 4

Dear Sleepy Hollow resident,

We would like to inform you that the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and Ross Valley Fire Department will be conducting a test of an emergency alert system using a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) next Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10am.  The test will be conducted at the Sleepy Hollow Community Center on Butterfield Road, and will be audible through most of Sleepy Hollow.  During the test, individuals within 3km of the test site may hear a loud alert tone followed by a voice message.  If you hear the emergency alert during either of these times, please remember THIS IS ONLY A TEST AND NOT A REAL EMERGENCY.  There will be no requirement for citizens to take action or shelter in place.

The Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) is an acoustic hailing device developed by LRAD Corporation to send messages and warning tones over longer distances or at higher volume than normal loudspeakers.  Using satellite transmissions and battery power, these systems are being tested by many Marin public safety agencies as a redundant, supplemental warning system to deliver emergency information and evacuation notices.  The December 4 test is part of the evaluation of the system's effectiveness, and there is currently no contract to purchase or install the system.

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District may poll residents via email to confirm that the system was audible in various Sleepy Hollow neighborhoods.

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Special Meeting Notice: Saturday, November 17, 2018

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Date: November 17, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place: 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

   pdf 2018 11 17 Special Meeting Notice, Agenda, and Packet


 

1. Call to Order/Roll Call.  The Meeting will be open to the public except with respect to those matters which the Board determines may fall under certain exception(s) under the Ralph M. Brown Act [California Government Code §§54950 et seq.].  The Meeting is wheelchair accessible.  If accommodation for other disabilities is required, call (415) 256-8300.

2. Public Comment Period. This portion of the Meeting is reserved for persons desiring to address the Board on any matter not listed on this Agenda. All statements that require a response will be referred for reply in writing or will be placed on the Board’s agenda for consideration at a later meeting. Speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each unless authorized by the Chair. 

CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

All items calendared as Consent are considered ministerial or non-substantive and subject to a single motion approval.  With the concurrence of the Chair or its designee, a Director may request discussion of an item on the Consent Calendar.

3. Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes.  The draft Minutes are available at www.shfpd.org.

  • August 8, 2018 Special Meeting. 
  • October 27, 2018 Special Meeting

ACTION OR POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS

4. Motion to Adopt Resolution No. 2018-3 Approving Findings of Board of Directors and Authorizing the District to Enter into Proposed Lease Agreement with the Sleepy Hollow Charitable Foundation (SHCF) with the Consent of the Sleepy Hollow Homes Association (SHHA) for District Public Facilities at 1317 Butterfield Road and authorizing and directing the Chair to take appropriate actions to carry out the purpose and intent of the Motion. The Findings, the proposed Lease, and the Resolution are available at www.shfpd.org.  

5. Board requests for future agenda items, questions and comments to staff, and Directors’ announcements, if any

6.  Adjournment to next Regular Meeting:  December 20, 2018 (anticipated) 

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Special Meeting Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) will hold a Special Meeting on Saturday, October 27 at 10 a.m. at the Sleepy Hollow Community Center to receive and review a report on the status of real estate negotiations between the SHFPD and the Sleepy Hollow Homes Association (SHHA) and Sleepy Hollow Charitable Foundation (SHCF) in connection with the proposed rebuild of the Community Center. The report is available for public review on our website at www.shfpd.org.

All District residents are encouraged to attend the Meeting where there will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide public comment on the report. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you are encouraged to submit your comments regarding the report to the SHFPD Board of Directors by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The SHFPD Board members have not made a decision about the draft real estate agreement and no vote on the proposal will be taken at this meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the public and to solicit comments. A future public meeting will be held, probably within 2-3 weeks of the Oct. 27 meeting, where the SHFPD Board will formally consider whether to enter into a lease agreement with the SHHA/SHCF.

Download the Report

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Don't Forget: Creek Clean Up and Chipper Day This Saturday, October 6!

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CREEK CLEANING/WINTER STORM PREP AND CHIPPER STATION ON OCTOBER 6.  THis is the final chipper day of 2018!

Get your garden gloves and yard waste cans ready for the Fifth Annual Sleepy Hollow Creek Cleaning Day on Saturday, October 6.  We’re asking creek-side residents to clean their section of the creek AND we’re asking ALL residents to clean out drainage areas on their property of anything that could cause localized flooding (e.g. yard waste, broken branches, leaves).  We’ll be at the clubhouse at 8am that morning to coordinate efforts if you need any help or guidance.

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will also have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the creek cleaning.  Bring any material removed while creating Defensible Space around your home, and we will chip it for you! 

Sleepy Hollow Creek Corps leader Eric Riemer has identified potential problem areas that need to be addressed. If you live on the creek and know of any issues or need help with your particular area, please contact Eric at 415-748-4231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THIS IS A DROP-OFF CHIPPER DAY.  NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!  

SATURDAY,  OCTOBER 6, 8AM-2PM

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Working For Your Safety: Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District

In 2017, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) funded a detailed analysis of the risks and hazards unique to Sleepy Hollow.  Please take some time to review this important document, and kep in mind that this work was in place well before the 2017 north bay fires.

To help reduce our risk, the SHFPD funds the following:

  1. We provide community fire protection as a full member of the Ross Valley Fire Department (RVFD), whose Board of Directors includes two SHFPD representatives.
  2. We provide state-of-the-art Advanced Life Support emergency medical and ambulance services as a member of the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority (RVPA), including licensed paramedics onboard each RVFD engine that responds into Sleepy Hollow.  An SHFPD director represents the community on the RVPA Board. 
  3. We maintain annual certification as a FireWise® Community through strategic activities and projects.
  4. We have adopted the latest Fire Codes and will be holding meetings to discuss possible adoption of a Hazardous Vegetation ordinance.
  5. We sponsor and/or spearhead with community partners simultaneous vegetation management projects, including: · A contract with the Marin County Fire Department (MCFD) for intensive inspections of all 850 parcels within the SHFPD by MCFD personnel;
    • Four annual Chipper Days, including onsite pickup, with record-setting volumes of vegetation cleared;   
    • Creation of shaded fuel breaks (goat grazing) in partnership with Marin County Open Space, San Domenico School, Triple C Ranch, Rocking H Ranch, and other public agencies.
    • Fire road maintenance within the SHFPD, including restoration of some previously abandoned roads that now permit better firefighter access;
    • A first-of-its-kind fire-safe landscaping demonstration project located on Fox Lane (at the top of Fawn Drive).
  6. We conduct ongoing public education activities for SHFPD residents, including:
    • Publication and distribution of the “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow” educational booklet;
    • Organization and hosting of our annual Fire Safety Fair in collaboration with partner agencies;
    • Offering “Living With Fire” classroom training to all SHFPD residents
    • Publishing regular helpful articles in Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Newsletter;
    • Maintaining our up-to-date, informative website (www.shfpd.org) to facilitate public awareness and communications
  7. We organize and conduct evacuation drills for residents and firstresponders, including:
    • Holding an annual evacuation drill, complete with RVFD, RVPA, MCFD, Marin County Sheriff, CHP, Red Cross, and PG&E participation;
    • Providing updated evacuation information to all residents via our “Living With Fire” publication
    • Supporting and promoting Alert Marin and improved wireless communications vital to community safety;
    • Exploring the installation of an outdoor public warning system (to be considered at future public meetings).
  8. We have initiated a block-by-block Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator project 
  9. We have successfully applied for and received multiple fire prevention grants from the State and other sources.
  10. We continue to explore establishing an SHFPD office and community emergency shelter to better serve all residents.
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Safety Fair and Evacuation Drill: TOMORROW - 9AM

 ALL SLEEPY HOLLOW RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE AND ATTEND THE SAFETY FAIR!  Only residents of the neighborhoods near between Irving Dr and Hidden Valley Ln will receive the evacuation notices through Alert Marin.

TOMORROW, Saturday, August 4, 2018, Ross Valley Fire Department, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District​, FIRESafe MARIN, and SHHA will hold an evacuation drill focused on Martling Drive and surrounding neighborhoods.  All Sleepy Hollow residents are invited to participate and attend a Safety Fair and wildfire simulation exercise at the Community Center - the drill should take no more than 30 minutes, beginning shortly after 9am.  The Safety Fair and wildfire simulation will be open until 11am.

14WILDFIRES600 READYResidents in the vicinity of Martling Drive (and neighboring streets) will receive an Alert Marin “reverse 9-1-1” emergency notification by phone with instructions to evacuate to a rallying point (Sleepy Hollow Community Center, 1341 Butterfield Rd) where we’ll have a Safety Fair with information and demonstrations on fire safety and evacuation tips.  The county's state-fo-the-art wildfire simulation "sand-table" will be on display to help emergency managers plan for an eventual wildfire in Sleepy Hollow, and provide residents a glimpse at what a real wildfire might do to their neighborhood.


TIP: you'll receive alerts by cell phone, text, or email only if you’ve previously enrolled your number(s) online at www.AlertMarin.org


Please plan to participate - use the opportunity to inform your family and prepare for the evantuality that a wildfire will strike in Sleepy Hollow!

The following streets will receive the evacuation notice by landline phone (VOIP and cell requires registration at www.alertmarin.org):

  • Butterfield Rd
  • Green Valley Ct
  • Irving Dr
  • Martling Rd
  • Van Tassel Ct
  • Sleepy Hollow Dr
  • Hidden Valley Ln
  • All Sleepy Hollow Residents are invited to participate, whether or not you live in the drill area.

Local fire and law enforcement agencies plan to use this as a valuable training opportunity.  Please watch for fire and law enforcement vehicles on the road.  Your participation will help make this a success and help make Sleepy Hollow a safer Firewise Community!

Learn more at www.rossvalleyfire.org, www.shfpd.org, www.firesafemarin.org/preparedness/evacuation

Download the Sleepy Hollow Evacuation Map and Planning Checklist!

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Evacuation Drill: August 4, 2018

Saturday, August 4, 2018, Ross Valley Fire Department, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District​, FIRESafe MARIN, and SHHA will hold an evacuation drill focused on Martling Drive and surrounding neighborhoods.  All Sleepy Hollow residents are invited to participate and attend a Safety Fair and wildfire simulation exercise at the Community Center - the drill should take no more than 30 minutes, beginning shortly after 9am.  The Safety Fair and wildfire simulation will be open until 11am.

14WILDFIRES600 READYResidents in the vicinity of Martling Drive (and neighboring streets) will receive an Alert Marin “reverse 9-1-1” emergency notification by phone with instructions to evacuate to a rallying point (Sleepy Hollow Community Center, 1341 Butterfield Rd) where we’ll have a Safety Fair with information and demonstrations on fire safety and evacuation tips.  The county's state-fo-the-art wildfire simulation "sand-table" will be on display to help emergency managers plan for an eventual wildfire in Sleepy Hollow, and provide residents a glimpse at what a real wildfire might do to their neighborhood.


TIP: you'll receive alerts by cell phone, text, or email only if you’ve previously enrolled your number(s) online at www.AlertMarin.org


Please plan to participate - use the opportunity to inform your family and prepare for the evantuality that a wildfire will strike in Sleepy Hollow!

The following streets will receive the evacuation notice by landline phone (VOIP and cell requires registration at www.alertmarin.org):

  • Butterfield Rd
  • Green Valley Ct
  • Irving Dr
  • Martling Rd
  • Van Tassel Ct
  • Sleepy Hollow Dr
  • Hidden Valley Ln
  • All Sleepy Hollow Residents are invited to participate, whether or not you live in the drill area.

Local fire and law enforcement agencies plan to use this as a valuable training opportunity.  Please watch for fire and law enforcement vehicles on the road.  Your participation will help make this a success and help make Sleepy Hollow a safer Firewise Community!

Learn more at www.rossvalleyfire.org, www.shfpd.org, www.firesafemarin.org/preparedness/evacuation

Download the Sleepy Hollow Evacuation Map and Planning Checklist!

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This Weekend Only: Free Curbside Pick-Up Chipper Day. Last Chance for 2018!

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Sleepy Hollow's June chipper days were our most successful ever.  Sleepy Hollow residents committed 1100 hours to help remove more than 2000 cubic yards of vegetation, reducing the fuels avaialble for wildfires and helping make ours a Firewise USA community!
 
We're coming around again this Saturday and Sunday to pick up hazardous vegetation at your curbside - THIS WEEKEND - July 14-15.  Online registration required!
 
All Sleepy Hollow residents are required by law to maintain Defensible Space at all times to reduce the risk of wildfire.  To help you dispose of hazardous vegetation, SHFPD holds multiple chipper days each year.  This year, in June and July, we're coming door-to-door to pick up LARGE PILES at your home (for small quantities, please continue to use your green cans).
 
July 14-15, 2018
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 8AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
 
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Goats Reach San Domenico in Marin's Largest Fuel Reduction Project

Goats Create Fuel Break at San Domenic0

Sleepy Hollow, CA - A herd of 400 goats arrived at San Domenico School in Sleepy Hollow May 26, 2018 as part of a large-scale fire hazard reduction project spearheaded in late 2016 by Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD). This unique project is a collaborative effort resulting from the 2016 SHFPD Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment, which identified key locations for fuel reduction to reduce the impact of wildfires in Sleepy Hollow and neighboring communities. By partnering with adjacent local landowners, including Rocking H Ranch, Triple-C Ranch, San Domenico School, and Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD), the multi-agency project aims to reduce hazardous fuels on nearly 140 acres of high-risk grass woodlands in and around Sleepy Hollow.

“Goat grazing can be a cost effective solution to reduce fuels and wildfire hazard in many parts of Marin,” says Rich Shortall, President of both SHFPD and FIRESafe MARIN. “This is the largest goat grazing project I’m aware of in Marin, and is pretty unique in the way it involves such a diverse group of public and private landowners.” Shortall also noted that the project will provide some level of protection to at least 7 Marin communities, including Sleepy Hollow, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Terra Linda, Marinwood, Lucas Valley, and Fairfax.

The goats, owned by Star Creek Land Stewards of Los Banos, CA, began grazing over the winter on Rocking H Ranch, helping to reduce and “de-thatch” decades of growth in 115 acres of native grasses while turning over soil with hundreds of tiny hooves. Shortall gives credit to Rocking H Ranch and ranch manager Arlo Seaver for helping get the project off the ground. “It was critical for us to find a suitable location to load and unload the goats, and provide winter grazing grounds. Rocking H has used the goats in the past, and their experience with the livestock contractor, and their generosity in loaning ranch facilities, was the real catalyst that moved the project from planning to reality,” Shortall said.

“Rocking H introduced goats as part of our integrated land management and fuel reduction program back in 2015, so when Rich reached out to us, we were happy to help,” Seaver said. “It’s an important cause and has been really rewarding to expand and partner with our neighbors. It reflects the commitment to agriculture, community and sustainability that Rocking H has and we look forward to more."

As spring approached, the herd of 400 goats moved to neighboring lands in the Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space where they joined a second herd of 400 sheep and goats helping to reduce fuels and invasive weeds at the rate of 1 to 2 acres per day on public lands. Priority areas for grazing include fire roads and preserve edges where grazing helps enhance defensible space near homes.

Careful attention was paid to areas where invasive weeds are present to ensure the goats and sheep don’t spread seeds to new areas. The animals grazed impacted areas before the plants flowered and produced seeds. “In addition to fuel reduction goals, this grazing project helps prevent the spread of invasive barbed goatgrass, which can threaten rare serpentine plants and wildlife habitats,” says Sarah Minnick, Vegetation and Fire Ecologist for MCOSD.

Andrée Soares of Star Creek Land Stewards says great thought is given to the species and health of the animals. “We ‘prescribe’ the number of animals, density and duration as well as species and breed of animals to each specific site and project dependent on the goals to be achieved, as well as animal health and appropriate approach for each grazing site.”

As the goats enter San Domenico School, a new phase of the project begins, focused heavily on public safety and wildfire hazard reduction. “San Domenico School represented a unique opportunity for fuel reduction. The campus is located at the end of Butterfield Road in a location with a long history of wildfires, and the number of students and dormitories makes it challenging to evacuate during a fire,” says Todd Lando, Coordinator at FIRESafe MARIN and author of the 2016 Hazard Assessment. “Fuel reduction will occur on 30 acres of the 515-acre campus, using goats, followed by hand crews and tree work, to greatly reduce the impact of any wildfires in the area and improving the safety of students and faculty when they ‘shelter in place’ during a fire.”

“This great example of sustainable land management, community collaboration, and natural systems to our school and valley. It is a really fantastic gift to our community,” says Kimberly Pinkson, Director of Communications at San Domenico. “When the goats arrived, all afternoon students, parents, and neighbors have been walking along the fences enjoying our new guests.”

There are important community benefits, as well. A 1923 wildfire, recognized as the largest ever recorded in Marin at 50,000 acres, burned through Sleepy Hollow Ranch where the school is located today. (The ranch was saved, ironically, by high school students bussed in from Tamalpais and San Rafael High Schools to fight the fire, according to news reports from the time). “As we saw in 2017, fires tend to burn the same areas repeatedly,” Lando said. “Fire modeling sponsored by SHFPD as part of our hazard assessment showed a real risk of a fire burning through San Domenico from Lucas Valley - before reaching the rest of Sleepy Hollow. Reducing fuels at San Domenico and along the ridges may allow firefighters to stop a fire there before it reaches the other 850 homes in our valley.”

When they finish clearing more than 30 acres of grass and brush at San Domenico, the goats will move back to open space lands to create a 100 foot wide ‘reduced fuel zone’ along the ridge between Sleepy Hollow and Terra Linda. The grazed area will extend from San Domenico School to Fawn Drive and Fox Lane at the southeast end of Sleepy Hollow, allowing firefighters to work more safely and effectively along a critical ridge where wildfires can burn from one community to another. In June, the goats will move to nearby Triple-C Ranch, where they will make their way through 10 acres of grass and brush behind nearby homes.

Land managers and SHFPD aim to evaluate the effectiveness of the project when it’s complete, and begin planning for long-term maintenance of the grazed areas. “We understand that this is not a one-year project and we’re done,” says Shortall. “The Fire District is in it for the long-haul. We’ll continue to fund and facilitate this kind of work for years to come, and are already looking at new areas to reduce fuels next year.”

SHFPD, MCOSD and our partners encourage all Marin residents to take responsibility for wildfire safety around their homes by creating defensible space (it’s the law!) and preparing for wildfire before it’s too late. More information is available at firesafemarin.org.

Questions about the grazing can be directed to:

SHFPD/FIRESafe MARIN: Coordinator Todd Lando This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MCOSD: Vegetation and Fire Ecologist Sarah Minnick at 415-473-5058 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.shfpd.org

www.firesafemarin.org

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Register Now for the July 14-15 Chipper Days! FREE Curbside Pick-Up!

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Sleepy Hollow's June chipper days were our most successful ever.  Sleepy Hollow residents committed 1100 hours to help remove more than 2000 cubic yards of vegetation, reducing the fuels avaialble for wildfires and helping make ours a Firewise USA community!
 
We're coming around again next weekend to pick up hazardous vegetation at your curbside, July 14-15.  Online registration required!
 
All Sleepy Hollow residents are required by law to maintain Defensible Space at all times to reduce the risk of wildfire.  To help you dispose of hazardous vegetation, SHFPD holds multiple chipper days each year.  This year, in June and July, we're coming door-to-door to pick up LARGE PILES at your home (for small quantities, please continue to use your green cans).
 
July 14-15, 2018
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 8AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.

Next Chipper Days - Mark Your Calendar!

July 14-15, 2018
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! Due to high demand, we can't promise whjich day we'll be by to pick up.
 
October 6, 2018 (to coincide with the creek clean up)
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required

 1. CREATE DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents received a printed copy by mail in May, and a PDF version is available for download here.  It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org. The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).

2. STACK MATERIAL at Curbside
  1. CHIPPER CREWS WILL DISPOSE OF UP TO 5 CUBIC YARDS OF CUT VEGETATION AT NO COST (APPROXIMATELY 4'X4'X8', STACKED).  Larger quantities are OK, but must be noted in your registration form.
  2. Limbs and branches, 1" to 6" diameter,  brush, woody material, broom are OK!  NO Grass, loose leaves, or soft plants (dispose of these in green cans, please).  The chipper can only dispose of limbs, branches, and woody material.
  3. Bamboo and Juniper are OK in 2018 - please note in registration form.
  4. No material should be greater than 6” in diameter.
  5. Stack material with the CUT ENDS FACING THE STREET!
  6. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  7. Material must be fire hazardous vegetation and must originate in Sleepy Hollow.
  8. No lumber, metal, plastic, or other materials.
3. QUESTIONS

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.shpfd.org

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Help! I Received a Defensible Space Notice and don't know what to do!

thumb NOTICE OF DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTION 2018

Did you receive a NOTICE OF DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTION?  If you received a notice, you may have questions about the meaning of the different requirements and specific hazards noted.  Use the list below and click on an item to learn more about specific violations and requirements.

FAQS
Juniper and Bamboo

Many Sleepy Hollow residents received notice asking for removal of juniper and bamboo.  California Fire Code section 4907.2 and 4907.3 state that pyrophytic, combustible vegetation must be removed within 30' (minimum, up to 150') of structures and 10' of roadways.  Juniper is among the most hazardous plants commonly found in landscaping in Sleepy Hollow, and is a pyrophytic species.  Bamboo, also considered pyrophytic, is highly combustible during the summer fire-season.  SHFPD asks that all Sleepy Hollow residents comply with the fire code and remove juniper and bamboo when within 30' of structures or 10' of roadways (minimum) to help protect your home, family, and community.  Please take advantage of our free chipper days to dispose of cut material (yes - we'll take juniper AND bamboo this year).  Those residents in the most hazardous locations may receive follow up notices if they fail to remove juniper.  If you need extra time or have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Many suitable, fire-resistant replacement plants are listed at www.firesafemarin.org/plants.


 VIOLATION CATEGORIES

Inspectors check boxes to indicate violations observed during inspections.  Please select any boxes that were checked on the Hazard Notice left at your home to learn more about how to correct the violation.

  1. Remove all branches within 10’ of any chimney or stovepipe outlet.
  2. Remove all leaves, needles and dead vegetation on roofs, gutters, decks, porches, stairways, etc.
  3. Remove all dead and dying trees, branches, shrubs, and plants adjacent to buildings or overhanging roofs.
  4. Remove all dead grass, plants, shrubs, trees, branches, leaves, weeds and needles within 30’ of structures.
  5. Remove or separate live combustible ground cover and shrubs within 30’ of structures.
  6. Remove combustible vegetation and materials, on, adjacent to, or below combustible decks, balconies, stairs.
  7. Relocate exposed firewood or lumber outside of zone 1 unless covered in a fire resistive material.
  8. Cut annual grasses and forbs (weeds) to a maximum of 4” in height.
  9. Provide separation between shrubs and trees, with increased separation on slopes.
  10. Cut and remove all pyrophytic combustible vegetation within 30’ of structures.
  11. Remove all piles of accumulated dead vegetation on the property.
  12. Remove tree limbs and growth less than 3” diameter to 10’ above ground (or 1/3 the tree's height).
  13. Vegetation clearance adjacent to roads and/or driveways must be maintained 10’ horizontally and 14’ vertically.
  14. Address numbers must be 4” minimum, displayed in contrasting colors, and readable from the street.
  15. Equip all chimney or stovepipe openings with a metal screen having openings between 3/8” and 1/2”.
  16. Logs or stumps embedded in soil must be removed or isolated from vegetation within 100' of structures.
  17. Outbuildings & Propane (LPG) tanks must have 10’ of clearance to bare mineral soil.
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Final "Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow" Class this Wednesday - April 18, 6PM

The last of 3  “Living With Fire” classes will be held this Wednesday, April 18 at 6PM at the SHHA Community Center.  This class will be taught by FIRESafe MARIN Coordinator and wildfire expert Todd Lando, and Sleepy Hollow resident and retired firefighter Dan Dunnigan, and is specifically tailored to our community.  The class runs about 90 minutes, with an opportunity for discsussion and questions.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to protect your home and family from wildfire, and ask questions of wildfire experts about the state of preparedness after the 2017 North Bay wildfires.

Topics will include:

Risks and Hazards: Learn about the history of fire in Sleepy Hollow and our unique risks and hazards. What lessons can be learned from the fires in Napa/Sonoma?

Evacuation: What are the emergency warning systems? When and where do we go? What are the evacuation routes? What do we bring? How do we prepare – “The Ready, Set, Go Program.” Get involved in our Summer Evacuation Exercise and Safety Fair.

Vegetation Management: What is the WUI? What is the Ember Zone? Protecting the Hollow: find out about our ridge top fuel break, fire road maintenance and roadside vegetation clearance projects.

Defensible Space: Get ready for our 2018 Residential Inspection Program. How much clearance do you need? What plants are safe? What plants should be removed? When to remove or limb up trees.

Structural Ignitability: Tips to harden your home and make it safer: Upgrade and/or maintain: roofing, vents, windows, fencing, wooden decks, garage doors, and sprinklers.

Neighborhood Preparedness: We want your suggestions fo identifying and recruiting volunteer neighborhood preparedness coordinators to serve as local preparedness organizers.

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Check Your Mail: Living With Fire Booklet to Arrive This Week!

Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow 2018

An all new 2018 Edition of "Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow" will arrive in your mailbox this week.  Please don't discard - it's your best resource for learning how to protect your home and family from wildfire.  All new for 2018, the 40 page booklet provides custom information specific to Sleepy Hollow, outlining wildfire preparedness, Defensible Space, hardening a home, plants and landscaping, power line safety, and more!  Additional copies may be available form SHFPD.

Download a PDF version (8.5MB) here..

Advance copies are available at Wednesday night's Living With Fire class (April 18)!  Please plan to attend!

Look for this envelope (with Defensible Space Inspection information) in the mail this week!

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Hazard inspections begin in May for all properties in Sleepy Hollow

Fire Inspectors will evaluate every property in Sleepy Hollow annually, looking for compliance with Defensible Space standards

Wildfire Hazard Inspections Begin in May.  Is Your Home Prepared?  

Beginning early May, 2018, a team of fire inspectors from Marin County and Ross Valley Fire Departments will begin annual wildfire hazard inspections of all parcels in Sleepy Hollow.  These hazard inspections will be more thorough than in years past, and will provide homeowners with valuable written input on specific ways to reduce the hazard near your home.  Data collected will help us map and better understand the risk across the whole community.  Some parcels, especially those near open space, may receive an even more thorough inspection, and all homeowners will have an opportunity for dialogue with wildfire experts.

If you receive a hazard violation notice, you’ll have 30 days to correct the issues before a re-inspection occurs.  Although defensible space and other measures specified in the notices are required by law, we intend to use this opportunity to work with all property owners to collaboratively reduce risk while  educating residents about wildfire hazards.   Failure to comply with the defensible space standard in CA Public Resources Code 4290 and 4291 can result in fines and/or levies.

Please use the tips on the inside of this pamphlet to selectively reduce flammable vegetation on your property, and take advantage of our free chipper days to help with disposal.  Don’t forget to use fire resistant plants (www.firesafemarin.org/plants), and design your landscaping to beautify your home while improving fire resistance. 

Whay are these inspections happening?

Ross Valley Fire Department (formerly San Anselmo Fire Department) has conducted annual "grass hazard" inspections for at least 40 years.  In March 2017, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) adopted the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report.  This comprehensive report analyzes risk, identifies specific hazards, and outlines steps needed to help reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires in Sleepy Hollow.

Following two public planning meetings, SHFPD approved the implementation of the report’s recommendations, beginning with additional free chipper days, wildfire education programs, parcel-by-parcel hazard inspections, and many other preparedness and prevention programs recommended in the report. 

These inspections help ensure compliance with the laws (Section 4290 and 4291 of the CA Public Resources Code) and contribute to the overall safety of Sleepy Hollow and neighboring communities.

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2018 Chipper Days: Save the Date!

2018 Chipper Days: Save the Date!

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District will host 4 Chipper Days in 2018.  The first will be a "drop-off" event May 12.  Residents may bring material to the end of Butterfield Rd to be disposed of at no cost.  Assistance will be available on-site for residents with special needs.  Pick up service is available on a limited basis for elderly residents - inquire on-site April 12.

Door-to-door pick up Chipper Days will be held June 9-10, 2018 and July 14-15, 2018 (online registration required beginning 30 days prior - www.shfpd.org/chipper.  The door-to-door pick ups are scheduled to coincide with the Fire Department's annual Defensible Space inspection program.

2018 CHIPPER DAY SCHEDULE

May 12, 2018
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time(s): 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
 
June 9-10, 2018
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! (Registration Opens May 15)
 
July 14-15, 2018
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! (Registration begins July 1)
 
October 6, 2018 (to coincide with the creek clean up)
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
 

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2017 CHIPPER DAYS.  YOUR EFFORTS HELPED SLEEPY HOLLOW ACHIEVE NATIONAL FIREWISE COMMUNITY RECOGNITION!

For questions about the chipping service, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


WHAT WILL THE CREWS REMOVE?

proper chipper pile

All material disposed must be from Sleepy Hollow.  ID may be required for drop-off.  If your gardener is hauling the material, please plan to go with them to the chipper station.

For Door-to-door pick ups, chipper crews will dispose of up to 5 yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approximately 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for instructions.

Crews will dispose of larger materials that won't fit in your green waste cans (1"-6" diameter limbs, brush, branches, etc).  Grass clippings, loose leaves, soft vegetation can't be chipped and must be disposed of in your green waste cans.  


Thank you for helping make Sleepy Hollow a safer, FIREWISE community!

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"Living With Fire" Classes: March 28, April 7, April 18

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District is sponsoring a fire prevention class entitled “Living With Fire.”  The class will be held at the SHHA Community Center on Wednesday March 28 from 6-8PMSaturday April 7 from 10AM-12PM and Wednesday April 18 from 6-8PM. This class will be taught by Sleepy Hollow resident and retired firefighter Dan Dunnigan and is specifically tailored to our community. Topics will include:

Risks and Hazards: Learn about the history of fire in Sleepy Hollow and our unique risks and hazards. What lessons can be learned from the fires in Napa/Sonoma?

Evacuation: What are the emergency warning systems? When and where do we go? What are the evacuation routes? What do we bring? How do we prepare – “The Ready, Set, Go Program.” Get involved in our Summer Evacuation Exercise and Safety Fair.

Vegetation Management: What is the WUI? What is the Ember Zone? Protecting the Hollow: find out about our ridge top fuel break, fire road maintenance and roadside vegetation clearance projects.

Defensible Space: Get ready for our 2018 Residential Inspection Program. How much clearance do you need? What plants are safe? What plants should be removed? When to remove or limb up trees.

Structural Ignitability: Tips to harden your home and make it safer: Upgrade and/or maintain: roofing, vents, windows, fencing, wooden decks, garage doors, and sprinklers.

Neighborhood Preparedness: We want your suggestions fo identifying and recruiting volunteer neighborhood preparedness coordinators to serve as local preparedness organizers.

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Save the Date(s): Chipper Days 2018

Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days 2018

2018 CHIPPER DAY SCHEDULE

May 12, 2018
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time(s): 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
 
June 9-10, 2018
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! (Registration Opens May 15)
 
July 14-15, 2018
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required! (Registration begins July 1)
 
October 6, 2018 (to coincide with the creek clean up)
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
 

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2017 CHIPPER DAYS.  YOUR EFFORTS HELPED SLEEPY HOLLOW ACHIEVE NATIONAL FIREWISE COMMUNITY RECOGNITION!

For questions about the chipping service, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


WHAT WILL THE CREWS REMOVE?

proper chipper pile

Chipper crews will dispose of up to 5 yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approximately 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for instructions.

Crews will dispose of larger materials that won't fit in your green waste cans (1"-6" diameter limbs, brush, branches, etc).  Grass clippings, loose leaves, soft vegetation can't be chipped and must be disposed of in your green waste cans.  


Thank you for helping make Sleepy Hollow a safer, FIREWISE community!

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Sleepy Hollow's Firewise USA Accreditation Renewed in 2017

Sleepy Hollow Evacuation Drill and Safety Fair August 2017

After a succesful year of wildfire hazard reduction projects, Sleepy Hollow's accreditation with the NFPA's Firewise USA program was renewed for 2017.  Our wildfire fuel reduction projects include Marin's largest and most successful chipper program, projects with large landowners, and community education events like our first annual Evacuation Drill and Safety Fair in August.

Sleepy Hollow was first accredited as a Firewise Community for 2016, in recognition of specific activities and projects related to hazardous vegetation removal, community events and training, and long term planning and preparedness goals that will dramatically reduce the risk of wildfire for all residents and visitors to Sleepy Hollow.  Firewise Communities may receive specific benefits, such as discounts on homeowners insurance for residents, and access to grant funding opportunities for future hazard reduction projects.

Since 2002, The Firewise USA Recognition Program of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has empowered neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk.  Sleepy Hollow is one of more than 1400 recognized Firewise Communities in the US, taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.  

Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community!

Scientific research has shown the effectiveness and benefits of implementing wildfire mitigation concepts across individual property boundaries and throughout communities.

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Don't Forget: Creek Clean up and Chipper Day This Saturday, October 6

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CREEK CLEANING/WINTER STORM PREP and CHIPPER STATION ON OCTOBER 6!

Get your garden gloves and yard waste cans ready for the Fifth Annual Sleepy Hollow Creek Cleaning Day on Saturday, October 6.  We’re asking creek-side residents to clean their section of the creek AND we’re asking ALL residents to clean out drainage areas on their property of anything that could cause localized flooding (e.g. yard waste, broken branches, leaves).  We’ll be at the clubhouse at 8am that morning to coordinate efforts if you need any help or guidance.

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will also have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the creek cleaning.  Bring any material removed while creating Defensible Space around your home, and we will chip it for you! 

Sleepy Hollow Creek Corps leader Eric Riemer has identified potential problem areas that need to be addressed. If you live on the creek and know of any issues or need help with your particular area, please contact Eric at 415-748-4231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THIS IS A DROP-OFF CHIPPER DAY.  NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!  

SATURDAY,  OCTOBER 6, 8AM-2PM

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Sleepy Hollow Evacuation Drill This Saturday!

Saturday, August 5, 2017, Ross Valley Fire Department, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District​, FIRESafe MARIN, and SHHA will hold an evacuation drill focused on the Van Winkle Drive neighborhoods.  All Sleepy Hollow residents are invited to participate and attend a Safety Fair and wildfire simulation exercise at the Community Center - the drill should take no more than 30 minutes, beginning shortly after 9am.  The Safety Fair and wildfire simulation will be open until 11am.

14WILDFIRES600 READYResidents in the vicinity of Van Winkle Drive (and neighboring streets) will receive a “reverse 9-1-1” emergency notification by phone with instructions to evacuate to a rallying point (Sleepy Hollow Community Center, 1341 Butterfield Rd) where we’ll have a Safety Fair with information and demonstrations on fire safety and evacuation tips.  The county's state-fo-the-art wildfire simulation "sand-table" will be on display to help emergency managers plan for an eventual wildfire in Sleepy Hollow, and provide residents a glimpse at what a real wildfire might do to their neighborhood.


TIP: you'll receive alerts by cell phone, text, or email only if you’ve previously enrolled your number(s) online at www.AlertMarin.org


Please plan to participate - use the opportunity to inform your family and prepare for the evantuality that a wildfire will strike in Sleepy Hollow!

The following streets will receive the evacuation notice by landline phone (VOIP and cell requires registration at www.alertmarin.org):

Butterfield Rd: 1341-1500
Crane Dr
Dutch Valley Ln
Estates Dr
Garden Rock Rd
Greensburgh Ln
Ichabod Ct
Knickerbocker Ln
Manitou Dr
Mather Rd
Sulphur Spa Rd
Tappan Ct
Tappan Rd
Tarry Rd
Triple C Ranch Rd
Van Ripper Ct
Van Winkle Dr
Whiteplains Ct

Local fire and law enforcement agencies plan to use this as a valuable training opportunity.  Please watch for fire and law enforcement vehicles on the road.  Your participation will help make this a success and help make Sleepy Hollow a safer Firewise Community!

Learn more at www.rossvalleyfire.org, www.shfpd.org, www.firesafemarin.org/ready-set-go

Download the Sleepy Hollow Evacuation Map and Planning Checklist!

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August 26-27 Chipper Days: Online Registration Open Now!

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN will conduct door to door, curbside pick-up chipper days August 26-27, 2017.   Clean up your property to create defensible space and help prevent wildfires in Sleepy Hollow, then we'll dispose of the vegetation at no cost to you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

NEW!  A see our simplified online registration form!

Date(s): August 26-27, 2017
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
 

For questions about the chipping service, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks for helping make Sleepy Hollow a Firewise Community!

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Next Chipper Days: August 26-27, 2017

The July Chipper Days were a great success!  Our busiest Chipper Days ever, we saw 25% growth over the same time last year.  If you missed us, or have more material to chip, it's not too late -we'll be coming back August 26-27.  Thanks for doing your part to make Sleepy Hollow a Firewise Community!  Thank you to Small World Tree Service, a Sleepy Hollow business, for getting the job done quickly and professionally!

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN will conduct our next door to door, curbside pick-up chipper days August 26-27, 2017.   Clean up your property to create defensible space and help prevent wildfires in Sleepy Hollow, then we'll dispose of the vegetation at no cost to you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

Date(s): August 26-27, 2017
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Register Online: Beginning August 1 at www.shfpd.org/chipper

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ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

Register online beginning August 1 at www.shfpd.org/chipper !  Chipper days are available to residents of Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District only.   If you live outside of the district, please inquire with Ross Valley Fire Department for upcoming chipper days at your address.  There will be minor changes to our online registration form this time - to simplify the process, we will no longer divide Sleepy Hollow into 4 "zones."

WHAT WILL THE CREWS REMOVE?

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Chipper crews will dispose of 5+ yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approximately 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved using the online registration form.

Crews will dispose of larger materials that won't fit in your green waste cans (1"-6" diameter limbs, brush, branches, etc).  Bamboo, grass clippings, loose leaves, and soft vegetation can't be chipped and must be disposed of in your green waste cans. 

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Notice of Special Meeting: July 12, 2017

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Date: July 12, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

  pdf AGENDA

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Notice of Special Meeting: June 27, 2017

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Date: June 27, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

AGENDA

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LAST CHANCE to Register for July 1-2 Chipper Days!

You Cut It, We Chip It.  2017 FREE Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

July 1-2: CURBSIDE PICK-UP

  • Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, open now at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

August 26-27: CURBSIDE PICK-UP

  • Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, beginning 4 weeks prior at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

October 7: DROP-OFF ONLY

  • Drop-off at end of Butterfield Rd.  9AM-3PM (No registration required)
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Defensible Space Inspections Underway

shfpd inspection form 4291 le 100Beginning late May-early June 2017, a team of fire inspectors from Marin County and Ross Valley Fire Departments are conducting annual wildfire hazard inspections of all developed parcels in Sleepy Hollow.  These inspections will be more thorough than in years past, providing homeowners with valuable written advice on ways to reduce the hazard near your home.  Data collected will help us map and better understand the risk across the whole community.  All properties in Sleepy Hollow will receive a notice of inspection, regardless of whether violations are found.

If you receive a hazard violation notice, you’ll have 30 days to correct the issues before a re-inspection occurs.  Although defensible space and other measures specified in the notices are required by law, we intend to use this opportunity to work with all property owners to collaboratively reduce risk while educating residents about wildfire hazards.

A Defensible Space brochure and newsletter explaining the program was mailed to all Sleepy Hollow residents in early May.  Please use the tips on the inside of this pamphlet to selectively reduce flammable vegetation on your property, and take advantage of our free chipper days to help with disposal.  Don’t forget to use fire resistant plants (www.firesafemarin.org/plants), and design your landscaping to beautify your home while improving fire resistance

FAQs

WHAT Authority Do YOu Have To Inspect/Enter My Property?

The authority to inspect properties for compliance with fire safety laws in Sleepy Hollow comes from PRC 4119 ("The department, or its duly authorized agent, shall enforce the state forest and fire laws. The department may inspect all properties, except the interior of dwellings, subject to the state forest and fire laws, for the purpose of ascertaining compliance with such laws").  The Ross Valley Fire Chief authorizes these inspections.

The inspectors do not enter a property without permission. They are trained to walk up to a front door (through an unlocked front gate at the street, if present, under rules of curtilage), and knock to introduce themselves. If no adult is present, they have two options: 1) inspect the property as visible from the front door or public areas such as from the roadway, or 2) come back later. Under no circumstances do the inspectors enter locked or gated areas of a property without permission of a resident or landowner, and they don't "peek" over fences to see a backyard - unless the property is plainly visible from a common area.

What SHOULD I DO IF I RECEIVED A VIOLATION NOTICE?
  • Correct the issues noted - check www.firesafemarin.org/defensible-space for tips on complying with the law and creating Defensible Space.
  • If you need additional time, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • If you have specific questions about the violation notice, feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please don't call Ross Valley Fire Department.
  • Don't forget about our chipper days July 1-2 to help dispose of the vegetation you cut.
The Violation Notice Said to Cover My Woodpile with Fire Resistant Material
Firewood can be moved inside a protected structure (a garage or shed with defensible space, and screened vents, for example) or as your question suggests, covered with a fire resistant material.  The goal is to prevent embers from being blown into the woodpile during a fire, so it's important to cover the pile tightly, top to ground, and secure it from being blown off/open during a fire.
 
While we don't have a specific recommendation for a vendor or brand of tarps, this may be a good place to start:
A treated cotton canvas may be the best choice.  Typical "poly" tarps available at a hardware store are not adequate, as embers burn right through them.
 
It's worth noting that this law, passed at the state level, is based on ample research which shows a large number of home ignitions during wildfires as a result of woodpiles.
Why Do We Need these INspections in Sleepy Hollow?

Sleepy Hollow is at risk of wildfire!  All parcels in Sleepy Hollow are considered State Responsibility Areas (SRA) and are required to comply with state and local laws to reduce wildfire hazard.  This is not new - these laws have been in place and enforced here for decades.  In fact, Ross Valley Fire Department conducts wildfire hazard inspection EVERY year in Sleepy Hollow.  

In March 2017, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) adopted the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report.  This comprehensive report analyzes risk, identifies specific hazards, and outlines steps needed to help reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires in Sleepy Hollow.

Following two public planning meetings, SHFPD approved the implementation of the report’s recommendations, beginning with additional free chipper days, wildfire education programs, parcel-by-parcel hazard inspections, and many other preparedness and prevention programs recommended in the report. 

Why Are the Fire Inspectors Wearing Marin County Fire Department Uniforms?

In order to complete 826 inspections in a one-week period, SHFPD requested the assistance of Marin County Fire Department (MCFD).  They were able to provide a team of trained inspectors, who under the authority of the Fire Chief of RVFD, are inspecting properties for compliance with the CA Public Resource Code (PRC 4291) and CA Board of Forestry Standards, and locally adopted codes that apply to homes in Sleepy Hollow and State Responsibility Areas.

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SHFPD Director Opening

Regretfully, SHFPD Director Chris Warner has resigned his position on the Board due to a change of residence. Chris did a fantastic job and will be sorely missed.  He's offered to continue volunteering to help us with special projects, and we look forward to continued work with Chris to make our community safer.

Applications are being accepted to fill the vacancy.  Applicants must be a resident and registered voter of the District. One applicant will be selected by the Board to serve until November 2017, at which time an election will be held to serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring in November 2019.

The District's three Directors are publicly elected and serve four-year terms.  The Board meets regularly in Feb, May, Aug, and Nov, and other times as needed.  Meetings are open to the public. Directors receive a stipend of $150.00 for attending meetings.  

The Board will interview applicants at a public meeting prior to making the appointment. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m, on June 26, 2017 to be considered. The anticipated appointment date is in July 2017.

Applications and additional information are available upon request to Thomas Finn, Director/Secretary (415-256-8300), or online at
www.shfpd.org.

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Notice of Regular Meeting: June 7, 2017

Date: June 7, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

  pdf AGENDA

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Next Chipper Days: July 1-2

You Cut It, We Chip It.  2017 FREE Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days!

July 1-2: CURBSIDE PICK-UP

  • Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, open now at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

August 26-27: CURBSIDE PICK-UP

  • Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, beginning 4 weeks prior at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

October 7: DROP-OFF ONLY

  • Drop-off at end of Butterfield Rd.  9AM-3PM (No registration required)
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Wildfire Hazard & WUI Assessment

SLEEPY HOLLOW (CA) WILDFIRE HAZARD & WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE (WUI) AREA ASSESSMENT AND REPORT 

wildfire hazard assessment cover SHFPD adopted our Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report at the March 11, 2017 meeting.  The final document is now available for download, below.

Download  Report

Highlights include:  Comprehensive Risk and Hazard Assessment, Wildfire Preparedness and Planning, Public Education, Evacuation Preparation, Vegetation Management and Reducing Structural Ignitability.  

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Comprehensive Fire Inspection Program Begins in May

In March 2017, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) adopted the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report.  This comprehensive report analyzes risk, identifies specific hazards, and outlines steps needed to help reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires in Sleepy Hollow.

Following two public planning meetings, SHFPD approved the implementation of the report’s recommendations, beginning with additional free chipper days, wildfire education programs, parcel-by-parcel hazard inspections, and many other preparedness and prevention programs recommended in the report. 

Wildfire Hazard Inspections Begin in Late May.  Is Your Home Prepared?

Beginning late May, a team of fire inspectors from Marin County and Ross Valley Fire Departments will begin annual wildfire hazard inspections of all parcels in Sleepy Hollow.  These hazard inspections will be more thorough than in years past, and will provide homeowners with valuable written input on specific ways to reduce the hazard near your home.  Data collected will help us map and better understand the risk across the whole community.  Some parcels, especially those near open space, may receive an even more thorough inspection, and all homeowners will have an opportunity for dialogue with wildfire experts.

If you receive a hazard violation notice, you’ll have 30 days to correct the issues before a re-inspection occurs.  Although defensible space and other measures specified in the notices are required by law, we intend to use this opportunity to work with all property owners to collaboratively reduce risk while  educating residents about wildfire hazards.

Please use the tips on the inside of this pamphlet to selectively reduce flammable vegetation on your property, and take advantage of our free chipper days to help with disposal.  Don’t forget to use fire resistant plants (www.firesafemarin.org/plants), and design your landscaping to beautify your home while improving fire resistance. 

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Reminder: Free Chipper Days May 5 & 6

May 5-6, 2017, bring your freshly cut materials to the end of Butterfield Rd for free disposal (Sleepy Hollow residents only).  Our crews will help you unload and will dispose of cut material at no cost.  We will “chip” up to 5 cubic yards of freshly-cut limbs and brush between 1/2” and 8” diameter.  Soft material, raked leaves, and grass clipping can’t be chipped and must be disposed of in your green waste can.  This is a $150-$250 value!

2017 Sleepy Hollow Free Chipper Days

May 5-6.  DROP-OFF ONLY

Drop-off at end of Butterfield Rd.  9AM-3PM

July 1-2 CURBSIDE PICK-UP

Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, beginning 4 weeks prior at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

August 26-27 CURBSIDE PICK-UP

Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, beginning 4 weeks prior at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

October 7 DROP-OFF ONLY

Drop-off at end of Butterfield Rd.  9AM-3PM


Drop-off Chipper Days

Bring your freshly cut materials to the end of Butterfield Rd for free disposal (Sleepy Hollow residents only).  Our crews will help you unload and will dispose of cut material at no cost.

Curbside Pick-up Chipper Days

Our crews will visit your home and pick up material (must be NEATLY stacked at your curbside, with cut ends facing the street).  Online registration is required, beginning 4 weeks prior to event at www.shfpd.org/chipper.  Up to 5 cubic yards of material will be disposed.  Additional material may be picked up if arranged in advance.

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DRAFT 2017 Strategic Plan Released

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District has developed the DRAFT 2017 Strategic Plan to guide the District over the next five years.  The strategic planning process provides an opportunity for our Directors to clarify the District's mission, vision, and expectations.  The document should be viewed as a first step towards improving fire safety and emergency preparedness in our District.  

Please plan to attend the Saturday, April 22, 2017 meeting at 10:00 am to review and comment the DRAFT plan.

NEW!   pdf DRAFT 2017 Strategic Plan (850 KB)

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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days 2017

NEXT CHIPPER DAY: MAY 5 & 6 (DROP-OFF ONLY)

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will conduct four chipper days in 2017!   The first will be a DROP-OFF chipper day Saturday, May 5 & 6, 2017.   Clean up your property to create defensible space and bring us your cut material - we'll dispose of the vegetation at no cost to you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

2017 Chipper Day Schedule

May 5 & 6, 2017
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time(s): 9AM-3PM (May 5) 9AM-3PM (May 6)
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
 
July 1-2, 2017
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required!
 
August 26-27, 2017 (tentative)
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required!
 
October 7, 2017 (to coincide with the creek clean up)
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
 

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2016 CHIPPER DAYS.  YOUR EFFORTS HELPED SLEEPY HOLLOW ACHIEVE NATIONAL FIREWISE COMMUNITY RECOGNITION!

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Planning Meeting, February 4: Wildfire Hazard & WUI AREA Assessment

Planning Meeting, February 4: Wildfire Hazard & WUI AREA Assessment

Please plan to attend the public review and planning meeting for the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report, February 4 at 9:00AM

REVIEW DRAFT REPORT

Submit WRITTEN Comments

Report Review Timeline

  1. Saturday, February 4, 9:00AM-12:00PM @ Community Center: Public Planning Meeting

    1. Document review

    2. Questions and Answers

    3. Public Comment

  1. January 15 – February 12

    1. Written comment accepted as well as email and/or online at our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise)

  1. Friday February 17

    1. Final draft will be posted online

    2. New open period for email and online comment

  1. Saturday, March 11, 10:00AM-12:00PM at Community Center: SHFPD Board meeting

    1. Short review of final draft and process

    2. Public comment on final draft

    3. Consideration of acceptance of report

When the planning is complete and the document is finalized, we will conduct a strategic planning process to develop a timeline for implementation of various projects.  We anticipate that several projects will be started in the Spring of 2017.   For implementation of our strategic plan to be successful, community support and participation is essential.   We believe this plan will be the roadmap to making us the best prepared Fire District in the County, if not the State.

Please refer to our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise) for additional information and/or to email the Plan Manager, Rich Shortall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions.

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DRAFT Wildfire Hazard & WUI AREA Assessment Published

Dear Sleepy Hollow Resident,

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The Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) is proud to announce that through our investment in prevention projects we have achieved national accreditation as a Firewise Community/USA®.  In addition, we have completed the first draft of our Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report.  The document is now available on our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise).  Highlights include: Comprehensive Risk and Hazard Assessment, Wildfire Preparedness and Planning, Public Education, Evacuation Preparation, Vegetation Management and Reducing Structural Ignitability.   We strongly encourage you to review this very comprehensive report and attend a planning meeting to be held at the Sleepy Hollow Community Center on Saturday, February 4 at 9:00AM.

REVIEW DRAFT REPORT

Report Review Timeline

  1. Saturday, February 4, 9:00AM-12:00PM @ Community Center: Public Planning Meeting

    1. Document review

    2. Questions and Answers

    3. Public Comment

  1. January 15 – February 12

    1. Written comment accepted as well as email and/or online at our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise)

  1. Friday February 17

    1. Final draft will be posted online

    2. New open period for email and online comment

  1. Saturday, March 11, 10:00AM-12:00PM at Community Center: SHFPD Board meeting

    1. Short review of final draft and process

    2. Public comment on final draft

    3. Consideration of acceptance of report

When the planning is complete and the document is finalized, we will conduct a strategic planning process to develop a timeline for implementation of various projects.  We anticipate that several projects will be started in the Spring of 2017.   For implementation of our strategic plan to be successful, community support and participation is essential.   We believe this plan will be the roadmap to making us the best prepared Fire District in the County, if not the State.

Please refer to our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise) for additional information and/or to email the Plan Manager, Rich Shortall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions.

Rich Shortall
SHFPD Director/President

Tom Finn
SHFPD Director/Secretary

Chris Warner
SHFPD Director/Treasurer

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Sleepy Hollow Receives Firewise Community Recognition

Firewise Communities

Sleepy Hollow is Now a Firewise Community!

Sleepy Hollow was accredited as a Firewise Community for 2016 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in recognition of specific activities and projects related to hazardous vegetation removal, community events and training, and long term planning and preparedness goals that will dramatically reduce the risk of wildfire for all residents and visitors to Sleepy Hollow.   Firewise Communities may receive specific benefits, such as discounts on homeowners insurance for residents, and access to grant funding opportunities for future hazard reduction projects.

Since 2002, The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program has empowered neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk.   In 2016, Sleepy Hollow became one of more than 1300 recognized Firewise Communities in the US, taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.  

Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community!

Scientific research has shown the effectiveness and benefits of implementing wildfire mitigation concepts across individual property boundaries and throughout communities.

Congratulations to all residents who have participated in Firewise activities in Sleepy Hollow to help us achieve this milestone!

Learn more at www.shfpd.org/firewise.

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1/7/2017: Flash Flood Watch & High Wind Warning

Updated 1/7/2017 11:52AM PST

A VERY WET STORM SYSTEM IS APPROACHING MARIN THIS WEEKEND.  RAIN WILL START SATURDAY AND BECOME EXTREMELY HEAVY SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT.  HEAVY RAIN ON ALREADY SATURATED SOILS IS PREDICTED TO LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING OF AREA STREAMS AND RIVERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE ROSS VALLEY.

"The National Weather Service reports that the "atmospheric river" has shifted north of its original predicted path, which means nearly TWICE THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL originally predicted for Marin County.  The start of the storm is predicted to be at 4:00PM Saturday and will continue until late Sunday.  The highest intensity is still expected to be from 10:00PM Saturday to 4:00AM Sunday.

The NWS has indicated a high confidence level for Corte Madera Creek over-topping between 4-6AM Sunday morning!

The incoming storm is now predicted to bring 3” to 5” of rain along the Marin County coastal and bay-side lower elevations, with coastal mountains expecting 5” to 10”.  Mt. Tam may receive up to 12” of rain between 4PM today and 10PM Sunday night.  Intensities at times are predicted to be at least 1.0” to 1.5”/hour throughout the County.

A predicted high tide at 07:22AM of 6.45-ft means that the tide will be coming-in during the most intense part of the storm.  A residual range from 0.5-ft to 2.0-ft may occur as a result of the high winds and lower pressures.  As a result, flooding in areas influenced by tidal waters is likely during this time.  These areas may include, but are not limited to, Mill Valley, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, GGNRA, Stinson Beach, Novato, San Rafael, Seminary Drive and the Highway 101/1 interchange at Manzanita.

PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IN KEY AREAS FROM 4:00PM SATURDAY TO 10:00PM SUNDAY:

  • 3” to 5” in lower elevations of Marin
  • 5” to 10” over the coastal hills and mountain ranges
  • Up to 12” over Mt. Tamalpais

TIDE OUTLOOK:

High-tides for the next week are on an upward trend.   With tide residuals reaching above predicted tops, tidally influenced flood-prone areas will likely see flooding on Saturday and Sunday. For Monday through Thursday, predicted heights are expected to be above 6.5-ft, so expect flooding in flood-prone areas over these three days.

FLASH FLOODING:

A "FLASH FLOOD WATCH" MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE PREDICTED TO DEVELOP THAT MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.  FLASH FLOODING IS AN EXTEMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION.  YOU SHOULD MONITOR FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY SHOULD "FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS" BE ISSUED.

Monitor the Ross Valley Fire Department Creek Levels and Weather page here...

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Notice of Regular Meeting: November 22, 2016 7:00PM

Date:  November 22, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


Agenda

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REVISED! Notice of Special Meeting: November 7, 2016 7:00PM

REVISED!  The meeting agenda for the November 7, 2016 has been revised.

Meeting Date: November 7, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


Agenda

2016-11-07_Special_Notice_Revised.pdf

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UPDATED! Notice of Special Meeting: November 7, 2016 7:00PM

Please note that the meeting agenda for November 7, 2016 has been revised.

Meeting Date: November 7, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


Agenda

2016-11-07_Special_Notice_Revised.pdf

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Notice of Special Meeting: October 5, 2016 7:00PM

Date:  October 5, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


pdfAgenda

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Don't Forget! Creek Clean & Chipper Day Up October 1

Get your garden gloves and yard waste cans ready for the Fourth Annual Sleepy Hollow Creek Cleaning Day on Saturday, October 1. This year we’re asking creek-side residents to clean their section of the creek AND we’re asking ALL residents to clean out drainage areas on their property of anything that could cause localized flooding (e.g. yard waste, broken branches, leaves). We’ll be at the clubhouse at 8am to coordinate efforts if you need any help or guidance. If you live on the creek and know of any issues or wish for the creek corps to bypass your area, please contact Eric at 415-748- 4231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CHIPPER DAY TOO! Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN  will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the creek cleaning.  Bring your excess branches and we will chip them for you!  If you need help hauling your debris please drop by the chipper station before 2pm (earlier if possible) and we will do our best to help coordinate pick-up and transportation.  For any questions about the chipping service, either on or before the 1st, please contact Todd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THIS IS A DROP-OFF CHIPPER DAY.  NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!  

SATURDAY,  OCTOBER 1, 8AM-2PM

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CREEK CLEANUP & DROP-OFF CHIPPER DAY: SAT, OCTOBER 1!

Get your garden gloves and yard waste cans ready for the Fourth Annual Sleepy Hollow Creek Cleaning Day on Saturday, October 1. This year we’re asking creek-side residents to clean their section of the creek AND we’re asking ALL residents to clean out drainage areas on their property of anything that could cause localized flooding (e.g. yard waste, broken branches, leaves). We’ll be at the clubhouse at 8am to coordinate efforts if you need any help or guidance. If you live on the creek and know of any issues or wish for the creek corps to bypass your area, please contact Eric at 415-748- 4231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CHIPPER DAY TOO! Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN  will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the creek cleaning.  Bring your excess branches and we will chip them for you!  If you need help hauling your debris please drop by the chipper station before 2pm (earlier if possible) and we will do our best to help coordinate pick-up and transportation.  For any questions about the chipping service, either on or before the 1st, please contact Todd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is a drop-off chipper day.  No registration is required!  

Saturday,  October 1, 8AM-2PM

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Notice of Regular Meeting

Date:  September 13, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


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Notice of Regular Meeting: June 13, 2016, 7:00PM

Date:  June 13, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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Reminder: Drop-Off Chipper Day This Sunday, June 5!

Reminder: Drop-Off Chipper Day This Sunday, June 5!

DROP OFF ONLY AT END OF BUTTERFIELD ROAD!

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) Sunday, June 5, 2016.   Clean up your property to create defensible space and help prevent wildfires in Sleepy Hollow, then bring the vegetation on that day and we will chip it for you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

Date: June 5, 2016
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: At the end of Butterfield Road near the entrance to San Domenico School.

For any questions about the chipping service, either on or before the 5th, please contact FIRESafe MARIN Coordinator Todd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District will offer a curbside chipper program mid-late summer, 2016, to accomodate residents who attend our free Firewise training on June 11 (and give them time to apply the lessons they learn!).  Sign up for our newsletter to receive first notice of the dates!


June 5, 2016 CHIPPER DAY INFORMATION

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN  sponsor “Chipper Days" each spring and fall for all residents of the District.  To participate in the June 5 chipper day, you must drop off material for disposal at the end of Butterfield Road.

1. CREATE DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents received a printed copy by mail in 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here.  It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org. The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).

2. DROP OFF MATERIAL
  1. Crews will be located at the end of Butterfield Road near the entrance to San Domenico School.
  2. CHIPPER CREWS WILL DISPOSE OF UP TO 5 CUBIC YARDS OF CUT VEGETATION AT NO COST (APPROXIMATELY 4'X4'X8', STACKED).
  3. Limbs and branches, 1" to 6" diameter,  brush, woody material, broom are OK!  NO Grass, loose leaves, or soft plants (dispose of these in green cans, please).  The chipper can only dispose of limbs, branches, and woody material.
  4. No material should be greater than 6” in diameter.
  5. Material should be freshly cut. "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  6. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  7. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped.
3. QUESTIONS

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.shpfd.org/chipper

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Sign Up for the FREE Firewise Class June 11

Sign Up for the FREE Firewise Class June 11
Help Protect Sleepy Hollow From a tragedy like the Valley Fire!  

Last year, our neighbors just two counties away suffered an incredible, yet largely preventable, tragedy less than one year ago when the Valley Fire in Lake County burned nearly 2000 homes in just a few hours.   This type of fast moving wildfire can happen in Sleepy Hollow!  In order to save your home, don't forget to sign up for the FREE Sleepy Hollow Firewise Class Saturday, June 11, 2016!

This free, one-day seminar provides an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions residents can take to protect their home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.  

This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires.  Taught by Pat Durland of the National Fire Protection Association, a recognized national authority on wildfire preparedness, and attended by homeowners, firefighters, elected officials, and anyone interested in taking the next step towards making Sleepy Hollow "Firewise."

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (check in at 8:30)

Sleepy Hollow Community Center 
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Online registration is required - click here to register
Limited to 50 attendees!
Registration will remain open until class is full.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Attendees should bring their own lunch.

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We Need Sleepy Hollow Residents to Attend the FREE Firewise Class This Saturday!

We Need Sleepy Hollow Residents to Attend the FREE Firewise Class This Saturday!
PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY.  Help Us Fill 20 Remaining Seats!

Your Attendance Will Help Protect Sleepy Hollow From a tragedy like the Valley Fire!  Recruit a neighbor!  We have

Last year, our neighbors just two counties away suffered an incredible, yet largely preventable, tragedy less than one year ago when the Valley Fire in Lake County burned nearly 2000 homes in just a few hours.   This type of fast moving wildfire can happen in Sleepy Hollow!  In order to save your home, don't forget to sign up for the FREE Sleepy Hollow Firewise Class Saturday, June 11, 2016!

This free, one-day seminar provides an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions residents can take to protect their home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.  

This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires.  Taught by Pat Durland of the National Fire Protection Association, a recognized national authority on wildfire preparedness, and attended by homeowners, firefighters, elected officials, and anyone interested in taking the next step towards making Sleepy Hollow "Firewise."

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Saturday, June 11, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (check in at 8:30)

Sleepy Hollow Community Center 
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Online registration is required - click here to register
Limited to 50 attendees!
Registration will remain open until class is full.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Attendees should bring their own lunch.

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Spring Chipper Day: June 5

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) Sunday, June 5, 2016.   Clean up your property to create defensible space and help prevent wildfires in Sleepy Hollow, then bring the vegetation on that day and we will chip it for you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

Date: June 5, 2016
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: At the end of Butterfield Road near the entrance to San Domenico School.

For any questions about the chipping service, either on or before the 5th, please contact FIRESafe MARIN Coordinator Todd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sleepy Hollow Fire PRotection District will offer a curbside chipper program mid-summer, 2016, to accomodate residents who attend our free Firewise training on June 11 (and give them time to apply the lessons they learn!).

 

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING: May 18, 2016

SLEEPY HOLLOW FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING 


Date:  May 18, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


AGENDA

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Don't Forget to Sign Up for the June 11 Firewise Class!

Don't Forget to Sign Up for the June 11 Firewise Class!
Help ensure Sleepy Hollow doesn't suffer a tragedy like the Valley Fire!  

Our neighbors just two counties away suffered an incredible, yet largely preventable, tragedy less than one year ago when the Valley Fire in Lake County burned nearly 2000 homes in just a few hours.   This type of fast moving wildfire can happen in Sleepy Hollow!  In order to save your home, don't forget to sign up for the FREE Sleepy Hollow Firewise Class June 11!

This free, one-day seminar provides an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions residents can take to protect their home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.  

This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires.  Taught by Pat Durland of the National Fire Protection Association, a recognized national authority on wildfire preparedness, and attended by homeowners, firefighters, elected officials, and anyone interested in taking the next step towards making Sleepy Hollow "Firewise."

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Sat, June 11, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (check in at 8:30)

Sleepy Hollow Community Center 
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Online registration is required - click here to register
Limited to 50 attendees!
Registration will remain open until class is full.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Attendees should bring their own lunch.

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Notice of Vacancy: Board of Directors

The Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District is seeking applicants for one available position on its Board of Directors.  Applicants must be a resident and registered voter of the District.  One applicant will be appointed by the Board to serve until November 2017, at which time the appointee must stand for election if he or she wishes to serve the remainder of a four-year term which expires in November 2019.

Since 1949, the District has been responsible for responsible for fire protection and emergency services in Sleepy Hollow and in the adjacent area of The Alameda.  Until July 2010, the District contracted with the Town of San Anselmo for these services from the Ross Valley Fire Department (RVFD), at the time a joint operation of the Towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax.  Effective July 2010, the District joined the RVFD as a full voting member.  The Town of Ross followed two years later.  The three municipalities plus the District comprise the RVFD Joint Powers Authority. 

The District Board consists of three Directors who are publicly elected and serve for four-year terms.   The Directors serve in the capacity of President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the District.  The current vacancy on the Board carries with it the position of Treasurer.  The District is also allocated one seat on the Board of Directors of the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority and two seats on the Board of Directors of the RVFD Joint Powers Authority.  These seats are also filled by District Directors.

The Board meets regularly on the third Thursday of February, May, August, and November, and occasionally at other times as needed.  These meetings are open to the public.  Directors  may also represent the District at meetings of other public agencies.  Candidates should be able to dedicate time to meetings as well as to the responsibilities of the office of Treasurer.  Knowledge of public agency financial matters is desirable but not mandatory.

The Board will interview each applicant at as public meeting prior to making the appointment. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m, on May 9, 2016 to be considered.  The anticipated appointment date is on or about May 20, 2016.

Applications and additional information are available upon request to Thomas Finn, Director/Secretary (415) 256-8300, or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New! Board Vacancy Application Packet

docxApplicant Questionnaire  |  pdfForm 700  |  pdfForm 700 Reference Packet

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Online Registration for June 11 Firewise Workshop

Online Registration is now available for the June 11 Firewise Workshop.  This free, one-day seminar provides an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions residents can take to protect their home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.  

This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires.  Taught by Pat Durland of the National Fire Protection Association, a recognized national authority on wildfire preparedness, and attended by homeowners, firefighters, elected officials, and anyone interested in taking the next step towards making Sleepy Hollow "Firewise."

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Sat, June 11, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (check in at 8:30)

Sleepy Hollow Community Center 
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Online registration is required - click here to register
Limited to 50 attendees!
Registration will remain open until class is full.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Attendees should bring their own lunch.

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Sleepy Hollow Firewise Kickoff Meeting: Saturday, May 7, 2014

Sleepy Hollow Firewise Kickoff Meeting: Saturday, May 7, 2014

The first public planning meeting for the Sleepy Hollow Firewise Community project, open to all Sleepy Hollow residents.  We’ll discuss the benefits of living in a Firewise Community, provide resources, tips, and handouts, and ask for your input to help us make this a successful project.  Please attend!  Community support and participation is essential to implementing a successful plan.  This plan will serve as a roadmap to help Sleepy Hollow become among the best prepared communities in California.  For more information, please check www.shfpd.org/firewise.  3:00pm – 5:00pm

Please plan to attend this free introduction to the Sleepy Hollow Firewise Community project and opportunity to learn more about protecting your home and community from wildfire!

Date & Time

Sat, May 7, 2016
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location

Sleepy Hollow Community Center
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Refreshments

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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Sleepy Hollow Firewise Workshop: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sleepy Hollow Firewise Workshop: Saturday, June 11, 2016

A free, one-day seminar providing an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions residents can take to protect their home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.  

This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires.  Taught by a recognized national authority on wildfire preparedness, and attended by homeowners, firefighters, elected officials, and anyone interested in taking the next step towards making Sleepy Hollow "Firewise."

Seating is limited to 50 attendees.  9:00am – 4:00pm

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Date & Time

Sat, June 11, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location

Sleepy Hollow Community Center
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

REGISTRATION is FREE!  Register online!

Online registration is required at www.shfpd.org
Limited to 50 attendees!
Registration will remain open until class is full.

REFRESHMENTS

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Attendees should bring their own lunch.

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Longtime Director Frank Berto to Retire

With much regret, we report that Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) Director and President Frank Berto has announced his  intent to retire from the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District Board May 1, 2016.   Frank's 33 years of service makes him the longest serving Director since SHFPD was established in 1949.

A Sleepy Hollow resident since 1958, Frank retired as Chief Instrument Engineer at Chevron Oil Company after a long and incredibly productive career.  Frank has served as both Vice-President and President of the Sleepy Hollow Homes Association (SHHA), SHHA Pool Chairman, Scoutmaster of Troop 50 (with two sons as Eagle Scouts and one as Life Scout), and technical editor for "Bicycling" magazine and other publications.  He has authored four books on bicycling, the best-known being "The Dancing Chain: History and Development of the Derailleur Bicycle."  Frank has long served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Rita's Church, Fairfax, where the family attends.

Frank was elected to the SHFPD Board in 1982, serving as President in later years.  He represented Sleepy Hollow as a non-voting member of the Ross Valley Fire Department (RVFD) from 1995 until 2010 when, after years of effort, he helped Sleepy Hollow achieve two voting seats on the board.  Frank continued to serve as RVFD Director, and then as the RVFD Board President in 2012.  A founding member of the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority (RVPA) in 1982, he worked to ensure that every emergency medical response into Sleepy Hollow includes professional firefighter paramedics who are highly-trained and well equipped.

New Board Member Selection Process

Application Deadline May 9, 2016

President Frank Berto will be greatly missed when he retires, but our Board will continue to ensure that our community is well prepared for emergencies including supporting the excellent Ross Valley Fire Department, paramedic services, fire prevention programs, and disaster-related community preparedness projects.  The appointment of a SHFPD resident to fill the unexpired portion of Frank's current term will be made in accordance with Section 1780 of the California Government Code regarding vacancies for Special District Boards of Directors.  If you are interested in serving on the Board, please request an application from Director Tom Finn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   We will interview prospective candidates at a meeting to be held later in May.   Additional information is available on our website, www.shfpd.org.

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Notice of Special Meeting: April 12, 2016, 8:00PM

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING 

Date:  April 12, 2016

Time:  8:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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Notice of Regular Meeting: January 6, 2016

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District

DATE:  JANUARY 6, 2016

TIME:  7:00 P.M.

PLACE:  SLEEPY HOLLOW HOMES ASSOCIATION CLUBHOUSE

1317 BUTTERFIELD ROAD, SAN ANSELMO

pdfAGENDA

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NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING: October 16, 2015

Date:  October 16, 2015

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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Fall Chipper Day: October 3

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the fall creek cleaning, Saturday, October 3, 2015.   Clean up your property to create defensible space, or clear debris from your creek to help prevent winter flooding, then bring the vegetation on that day and we will chip it for you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

Date: October 3, 2015
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the end of Butterfield Road near the entrance to San Domenico School.

If you need assistance hauling your debris, please drop by the chipper station before 2pm (earlier if possible) and we will do our best to help coordinate pick-up and transportation - availability subject to demand.   For any questions about the chipping service, either on or before the 3rd, please contact FIRESafe MARIN CoordinatorTodd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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FIRESafe MARIN to Host Public Meetings For CWPP Update

You are invited!  Marin County Fire Department & FIRESafe MARIN are actively working to complete an update to the 2005 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

We invite all interested parties to attend one of four CWPP public meetings:

6:00PM - 7:30PM

CENTRAL MARIN/ROSS VALLEY: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14

SAN ANSELMO CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Southern Marin: Monday, October 12
Mill Valley Community Center - Mountain View Room
 
West Marin: Tuesday, October 13
Point Reyes, Red Barn/Bear Valley Visitor Center 
 
North Marin: Thursday, October 15
Novato, Margaret Todd Senior Center

 

What is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)?

A CWPP serves as a framework to prioritize future wildfire hazard protection, develop actions to reduce structural ignitability, and identify and prioritize potential fuel treatment, hazard mitigation, and restoration projects.

What can I expect at the public meeting?

Our team of wildfire scientists, fire officials, public land managers, and community volunteers will present the current state of wildfire science in Marin, and facilitate discussion and input to identify and prioritize potential projects.
Marin County Fire Department and FIRESafe MARIN seek to work with the public and stakeholders to identify areas of hazard and concern, and to work collaboratively to develop wildfire hazard mitigation solutions and guidelines that will be documented in an updated CWPP.
For more information, visit us at www.firesafemarin.org/cwpp

pdfPlease download and distribute our invitation flyer!

All public meetings and events sponsored or conducted by the County of Marin are held in accessible sites.
Requests for accommodations may be made by calling (415) 473-4381 (Voice), (415) 473-3232 (TDD/TTY) or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least five business days in advance of the event.
Copies of documents are available in alternative formats, upon request.
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Special Meeting Notice: June 26, 2015

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING  

DATE:  JUNE 26, 2015
Time:  5:00 p.m.
Place:  Sleepy Hollow Clubhouse
1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days: June 13, 14, 20, 21

Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days: June 13, 14, 20, 21

SHFPD will hold four scheduled chipper days in June 2015.  Chipper days are available to residents of Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District only.   If you live outside of the district, please inquire with Ross Valley Fire Department for potential chipper days at your neighborhood.

Chipper crews will dispose of up to 5 cubic yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approx 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us for instructions if you need to dispose of extra material.

NEW! CHIPPER ZONES

b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2015-05-22-at-12.49.18-PM.pngSleepy Hollow is now divided into 4 chipper zones.  Please locate your home's zone to determine the correct date for chipping.   You must register online or our crews will not dispose of material at your address.  Click here to view the "chipper zone" map and determine the date for chipping on your street.

  • Zone 1: June 13
  • Zone 2: June 14
  • Zone 3: June 20
  • Zone 4: June 21

1.  REGISTER ONLINE

2. CREATE YOUR DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents received a printed copy by mail in 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here.  It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org. The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).

3. STACK MATERIAL CURBSIDE

  1. CHIPPER CREWS WILL DISPOSE OF UP TO 5 CUBIC YARDS OF CUT VEGETATION AT NO COST (APPROXIMATELY 4'X4'X8', STACKED).  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Grass, loose leaves, and soft plants should be disposed of in green cans.  The chipper can only dispose of limbs, branches, and woody material.
  3. Stack materials curbside, with cut ends facing the road to allow crews to work more efficiently.
  4. No material should be greater than 6” in diameter.
  5. Material should be freshly cut. "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  6. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  7. Crews may leave materials that exceed the quantity or specifications described.
  8. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped. This helps us track "volunteer" time for our grant, and makes it more likely that we'll be able to offer this service in the future.

4. CHIPPER DAY PICKUP

Go to our website and fill out the simple online form so that we know you have material for pickup.  On June 13 (Zone 1), June 14 (Zone 2), June 20 (Zone 3), June 21 (Zone 4)  our “Youth2Work” team will come by your property, pick up your neatly stacked materials, run them through a wood chipper, and then they will be taken to a composting facility.  There is no charge for this service.

QUESTIONS

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.shpfd.org

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Sleepy Hollow Curbside Chipper Days: September 7 & 8, 2016!

Sleepy Hollow Curbside Chipper Days: September 7 & 8, 2016!

SHFPD will hold curbside pick-up chipper days  Septemebr 7 & 8 ! These door to door chipper days are available to residents of Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District only.   If you live outside of the district, please inquire with Ross Valley Fire Department for potential chipper days in your neighborhood.

Chipper crews will dispose of up to 5 cubic yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approx 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us for instructions if you need to dispose of extra material.

FIND YOUR CHIPPER ZONE!

b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2015-05-22-at-12.49.18-PM.pngSleepy Hollow is divided into 4 chipper zones.  Please locate your home's zone to determine the correct date for chipping.   You must register online or our crews will not dispose of material at your address.  Click here to view the "chipper zone" map and determine the date for chipping on your street.  If demand is high, we may need to return Friday, September 9 to finish the pick-up.

  • Zone 1: September 7
  • Zone 2: September 7
  • Zone 3: September 8
  • Zone 4: September 8

1.  REGISTER ONLINE

2. CREATE YOUR DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents received a printed copy by mail in 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here.  It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org.  The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).

3. STACK MATERIAL CURBSIDE

  1. CHIPPER CREWS WILL DISPOSE OF UP TO 5 CUBIC YARDS OF CUT VEGETATION AT NO COST (APPROXIMATELY 4'X4'X8', STACKED).  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Grass, loose leaves, and soft plants should be disposed of in green cans.  The chipper can only dispose of limbs, branches, and woody material.
  3. Stack materials curbside, with cut ends facing the road to allow crews to work more efficiently.
  4. No material should be greater than 6” in diameter.
  5. Material should be freshly cut. "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  6. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  7. Crews may leave materials that exceed the quantity or specifications described.
  8. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped. This helps us track "volunteer" time for our grant, and makes it more likely that we'll be able to offer this service in the future.

4. CHIPPER DAY PICKUP

Go to our website and fill out the simple online form so that we know you have material for pickup.  On September 7 (Zone 1), September 7 (Zone 2), September 8 (Zone 3), September 8 (Zone 4)  ourcrews will come by your property, pick up your neatly stacked materials, run them through a wood chipper, and then they will be taken to a composting facility for disposal.  There is no charge for this service.

QUESTIONS

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Don't Forget! Sleepy Hollow Curbside Chipper Days: September 7 & 8, 2016!

Don't Forget! Sleepy Hollow Curbside Chipper Days: September 7 & 8, 2016!

SHFPD will hold curbside pick-up chipper days  Septemebr 7 & 8 ! These door to door chipper days are available to residents of Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District only.   If you live outside of the district, please inquire with Ross Valley Fire Department for potential chipper days in your neighborhood.

Chipper crews will dispose of up to 5 cubic yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approx 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us for instructions if you need to dispose of extra material.

FIND YOUR CHIPPER ZONE!

b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2015-05-22-at-12.49.18-PM.pngSleepy Hollow is divided into 4 chipper zones.  Please locate your home's zone to determine the correct date for chipping.   You must register online or our crews will not dispose of material at your address.  Click here to view the "chipper zone" map and determine the date for chipping on your street.  If demand is high, we may need to return Friday, September 9 to finish the pick-up.

  • Zone 1: September 7
  • Zone 2: September 7
  • Zone 3: September 8
  • Zone 4: September 8

1.  REGISTER ONLINE

2. CREATE YOUR DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents received a printed copy by mail in 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here.  It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org.  The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).

3. STACK MATERIAL CURBSIDE

  1. CHIPPER CREWS WILL DISPOSE OF UP TO 5 CUBIC YARDS OF CUT VEGETATION AT NO COST (APPROXIMATELY 4'X4'X8', STACKED).  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Grass, loose leaves, and soft plants should be disposed of in green cans.  The chipper can only dispose of limbs, branches, and woody material.
  3. Stack materials curbside, with cut ends facing the road to allow crews to work more efficiently.
  4. No material should be greater than 6” in diameter.
  5. Material should be freshly cut. "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  6. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  7. Crews may leave materials that exceed the quantity or specifications described.
  8. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped. This helps us track "volunteer" time for our grant, and makes it more likely that we'll be able to offer this service in the future.

4. CHIPPER DAY PICKUP

Go to our website and fill out the simple online form so that we know you have material for pickup.  On September 7 (Zone 1), September 7 (Zone 2), September 8 (Zone 3), September 8 (Zone 4)  ourcrews will come by your property, pick up your neatly stacked materials, run them through a wood chipper, and then they will be taken to a composting facility for disposal.  There is no charge for this service.

QUESTIONS

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.shpfd.org

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Notice of Special Meeting: April 22, 2015

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING  

DATE:  APRIL 22, 2015

TIME:  5:30 P.M.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING: February 14, 2015

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING  

DATE:  FEBRUARY 14, 2015

TIME:  9:30 A.M.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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EMERGENCY CENTER PROJECT: LETTER OF INTENT

The following provides the general terms and conditions of a proposed transaction between SHHA and SHFPD regarding the Emergency Space (as defined below).  This letter of intent represents an offer to negotiate terms between SHHA and SHFPD and is not binding upon either party until the preparation and execution of definitive documents. SHFPD may terminate negotiations with SHHA at any time in SHFPD’s sole and absolute discretion.

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NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING: February 4, 2015

SLEEPY HOLLOW FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING 


 Date:  February 4, 2015

Time:  5:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road

San Anselmo


 TENTATIVE AGENDA

1. Call to Order/Roll Call.  The Meeting will be open to the public except with respect to those matters which the Board determines may fall under certain exception(s) under the Ralph M. Brown Act [Cal. Gov. Code §§54950 et seq.].  The Meeting is wheelchair accessible.  If accommodation for other disabilities is required, call (415) 454-2923.

2. Public Comment Period.  Public comment is invited concerning each agendized item.  Please limit comments to three minutes.  No Board action can be taken on any matter raised during the Public Comment Period other than to schedule the matter for a future agenda unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Board later in the Meeting.

3.Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes

4.Financial and Operations Reports, including budget, annual audit, etc.

5.Reports and discussion of (i) FIRESafe Marin matters, including SRAFPF grant application and Firewise Community certification matters; (ii) Ross Valley Fire Dept. matters, including draft District Fire Code; (iii) Ross Valley Paramedic Authority matters, including renewal of paramedic tax; and (iv) matters arising, including Directors’ reports and announcements.  

6.Adjournment 

  For more information or a copy of the Final Agenda, contact Tom Finn at 256-8300.

Affidavit of Posting

I hereby certify that I posted the above Notice in a conspicuous place accessible to the public at the following location(s) on January 31, 2015:

Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road

San Anselmo, California 94960

___________________________

Thomas J. Finn, Secretary

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING: January 28, 2015

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING  

Date:  January 28, 2015

Time:  5:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING: October 9, 2014

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING 

Date:  October 9, 2014

Time:  5:30 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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San Domenico Fire Road Repair

At a recent Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District meeting, Mrs. Connie Berto called our attention to the fact that the fire road which starts across from the baseball diamond at San Domenico School and leads up to the ridge on land owned by the Marin County Open Space District was so damaged by rain runoff that it was virtually impassable for fire apparatus and emergency vehicles.  Mrs. Berto and John Hanley, Director of the Youth2Work Program, met with authorities at San Domenico to develop a plan for repairing the road. Mr. Hanley enlisted the support of local contractor Westward Builders Incorporated to bring in the gravel and equipment necessary to make the repairs.

Members of the Youth2Work Program provided the heavy labor to spread the gravel and repair the roadway.   SHFPD provided all of the funding for the project. We are proud to be able to state that the fire road now is in good condition, emergency vehicles can use it for access, and the repairs should greatly lessen the chance for damage from future rains.   We thank Mrs. Berto, Mr. Hanley and his team, Terry Keast's Westward Builders and San Domenico School for making this important project possible.

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Sleepy Hollow “Chipper Day” August 24, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will sponsor a “Chipper Day” for all residents of the District.  To participate, you must sign up through our new website, www.shpfd.org.  Chipper crews will visit your property and dispose of cut vegetation at no cost.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FREE CHIPPING!

1. Create Defensible Space (it's the law!)

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents should have received a printed copy by mail in early August, 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here...  It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org. The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291). 

2.  Stack Material

  1. Stack materials curbside, with cut ends facing the road to allow crews to work    more efficiently.
  2. No material should be greater than 3” in diameter.
  3. Material should be freshly cut. "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  4. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  5. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped. This helps us track "volunteer" time for our grant, and makes it more likely that we'll be able to offer this service in the future.

3. Chipper Day Pickup

Go to our website and fill out the simple online form so that we know you have material for pickup.  On Sunday, August 24 our “Youth2Work” team will come by your property, pick up your neatly stacked materials, run them through a wood chipper, and then they will be taken to the Marin County Recycling Center.  There is no charge for this service

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Todd Lando and FIRESafe MARIN for providing a grant to help offset expenses, Supervisor Katie Rice for her support and assistance in planning the project, John Hanley's Youth2Work for providing the labor, Small World Tree Service for the truck and chipper, and The Sleepy Hollow Homes Association for spreading the word and supporting the project.

Questions

Please contact SHFPD Director Rich Shortall at 415 457-5271 or visit www.shfpd.org.  Our new website contains lots of information about the Fire District and the various services and projects we support.

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Report on Safety of PG&E Natural Gas System

On August 6, 2014 SHFPD Director Richard Shortall met with Ross Valley Fire Battalion Chief David Stasiowski and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Senior Public Safety Specialist James Wickham to discuss the safety of the natural gas distribution system in the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District.  Read a full report of the meeting and investigation here...

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NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING AND SOLICITATION OF PUBLIC COMMENT

NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING AND 
SOLICITATION OF PUBLIC COMMENT
 
COMMUNITY MEETING PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Saturday, August 9, 2014 July 5 to August 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse
1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

The Directors of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) are evaluating a request by the Sleepy Hollow Homes Association (SHHA) to participate in the Sleepy Hollow Community Center Rebuild Project (the Project). We are considering this Project because, consistent with our Strategic Plan available at www.shfpd.org), the new facility has been designed to serve as an emergency disaster center, a training and organizing center for community preparedness programs, and would include much needed office space for the SHFPD. Emergency-specific features of the facility would include emergency power and fuel for at least 96 hours, emergency drinking water sufficient for at least 96 hours, multiple backup communications systems, Red Cross-compliant sleeping accommodations for at least 65 people, equipment storage for neighborhood emergency response teams, and battery and cell phone chargers. Floor plans illustrating these emergency functions are available on our website along with information on compliance with Red Cross shelter and evacuation center standards.

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Wildfire Safety Tips - Create Defensible Space Today!

Wildfire Safety Tips - Create Defensible Space Today!

FIRESafe MARIN logoRoss Valley Fire Department wants to remind you that the fire season is here.  With the current drought situation, it is a good time to evaluate your property and make it a “Defensible Space” against the threat of wildfires.

Ross Valley Fire Department asks that all homeowners create “Defensible Space” around their homes.  This area should be a minimum of 100 feet of clearance around your home (or up to your property line).  The Defensible Space area is the area where you’ve modified the landscaping to give your house the best chance to survive on its own – greatly improving the odds for firefighters who are defending your neighborhood.  If your home is on a slope or subject to high winds, extend the distance of this zone to the area that is recommended for your property.  You can review videos and see a sample home with defensible space by going to our website www.rossvalleyfire.org and clicking on Prevention, then Defensible Space from the main page.  If you would like to schedule an inspection of your property, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact information and someone will contact you to make an appointment.

In recent years, the focus of fire prevention has changed. While the end goal of preventing catastrophic loss of life, property, and natural resources has remained the same, the strategies and tactics involved have been modified. Increasing fuel loads have made today's wildland fires harder to control, expensive to suppress, and a threat to the lives of firefighters and civilians. Potential negative wildland fire consequences now involve more than blackened acres and property loss. When today's wildland fires spread, they often burn with intense heat and erratic fire behavior, severely impacting and even altering ecosystems and communities. Reactive fire suppression programs must evolve into proactive fire management programs that effectively apply fire prevention and hazardous fuels reduction techniques to not only reduce unwanted fire ignitions, but also minimize damages and personnel exposure from wildfires.   

Here’s what you can do:

Maintain a Survivable Space - "Things You Can Do Today"

  • Remove – dead and dying grass, shrubs and trees
  • Reduce – the density of vegetation (fuel) and ladder fuels, those fuels extending from the ground to the tree canopies.
  • Replace – hazardous vegetation with fire resistive, irrigated landscape vegetation including lawn, or other low growing groundcovers and flowering plants.

The Home Ignition Zone:  (the home plus 10 feet distance)

It’s the “little things” that will endanger your home.  Just a little ember landing on a little pile of flammable material will burn it.  We suggest spending a morning searching out and getting rid of those flammable little things outside and your home will be much safer.  Following are a few of the items you should take a look at:

  • Keep your rain gutters and roof clean of all flammable material.
  • Get rid of dry grass, brush and other flammable materials around your home – and don’t forget leaves, pine needles, and bark walkways.  Replace with well-maintained landscape vegetation, green lawn and landscape rocks.
  • Clear all flammable materials from your deck.  This includes brooms, stacked wood, and easily ignitable patio furniture.  Also, enclose or board up the area under your deck to keep it from becoming a fuel bed for hot embers.
  • Move woodpiles and garbage cans away from your home.  Keep woodpiles away from the home a distance of two times the height of the pile – more if space allows.
  • Use fine mesh metal screen (1/4” or less) to cover eaves, roof and foundation vents to prevent windblown embers from entering.
  • Inspect and clean your chimney every year.  Trim away branches within 10 feet of the opening of the chimney.  Install a spark arrester with ½” or smaller screen.

You can also visit the FIRESafe MARIN website – www.firesafemarin.org – for more detailed information on clearing around your property.  Please sign up for the FIRESafe MARIN newsletter for updates on wildfire preparedness in Marin.

If you have specific questions or would like to schedule an appointment for an inspection, please visit www.rossvalleyfire.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 258-4686.

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Emergency Center Information Page

Emergency Center Information Page

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD)  requested recommendations from District residents for projects and programs to improve emergency preparedness in Sleepy Hollow.    Recommendations include consideration of a proposal to participate in the Sleepy Hollow Community Center Rebuild Project.  A study and architectural drawings and concepts are now complete.   Learn more...

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Welcome to the new www.shfpd.org

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District is pleased to welcome you to our new online home with the launch of our new website Summer 2014. The new site represents the evolving need for online tools and information, allowing us to vastly expand our content and ability to deliver online information across all modern desktop and mobile platforms.

Among the new site’s key features:

  • Expanded District information, with improved navigation and organization.  
  • Responsive design is compatible and optimized to work with all internet enabled devices, from smart-phones to iPads to large screen desktop browsers.
  • Email newsletter integration allows us to keep Sleepy Hollow residents and visitors informed in a more timely manner.
  • Fire officials may update the site in "real-time" from the field, eventually adding the ability to share important information instantly when disaster or breaking events occur.

The new web site was built using a state-of-the art, secure content management system, making updates exceptionally easy, even while mobile.

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