News From Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District

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

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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!


  • 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


wildfire hazard assessment coverSHFPD 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.

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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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