Contacts and Resources
Contacts and Collaboration
Berkeley FireSafe Council works closely with other organizations to prevent the next catostrophic wildfire in our communities
The Oakland Firesafe Council is a grassroots community-based organization dedicated to mobilizing the people of Oakland and Alameda County to reduce the risks of wildfire danger to people and property through outreach, programs, and projects
Here is a list of resources that you may find helpful for fire safety and prevention in the Berkeley community
The Berkeley Fire Department is proud to sponsor the a Berkeley Chipping Program, providing for the curbside pickup, chipping, and disposal of vegetation material from residential properties. Sign up here: chipperday.com/berkeley
The Berkeley Wildfire Guide is a collaboration between Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. The guide first published on July 29, 2021, and last updated on June 7, 2022, is an excellent reference for Berkeley and Oakland residents.
Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Network Volunteer organization formed by neighborhood leaders to address the gap between the training and support capabilities of the City of Berkeley and the needs of neighborhoods preparing for disasters.
The national Firewise USA® recognition program provides a collaborative framework to help neighbors in a geographic area get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community and to reduce wildfire risks at the local level.
Advises the City Council on all matters affecting fire safety and/or disaster resilience within Berkeley. Serves as the citizens’ oversight committee for expenditure of the proceeds of the Special Tax to Fund Fire Protection and Emergency Response and Preparedness.
Literature and Research
Here are useful articles and research papers regarding the dangerous fuel from non-native species that create an extreme fire danger for all of Berkeley.
Article about the Tasmanian blue gum eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), a tree California never knew until the 1850s, when seeds from Australia were planted, first as ornamentals, then mostly for timber and fuel. The California Invasive Plant Council (CAL-IPC) classifies blue gum eucalyptus as a “moderate” invasive because the trees need certain conditions to thrive. For the most part, they’re not a problem in the drier regions of Southern California or the Central Valley. But along the coast, where summer fog brings buckets of moisture, it’s a different story.
A balanced study from the National Park Service on the challenges that eucalyptus trees have brought since their introduction to California. This publication discusses the environmental considerations associated with eucalyptus treatments, and to give examples of some of the different strategies that have been used, especially as NPS has increased their hazardous fuel programs to reduce the threat of wildfire and restore ecosystem health.
This study reports the results of two years of fuel studies in blue gum eucalyptus stands. Fuel weights are related to stand densities, and the dynamics of fuel accumulation are investigated. Techniques for managing fuel loads in eucalyptus stands are discussed. Results of this study indicate that fuel buildup occurs very rapidly in unmanaged eucalyptus stands, and that to maintain low fuel levels, a fuel reduction program is essential. If prescribed fire is used, burning techniques that minimize air pollution must be used.
This video and accompanying presentation presents a a model for fire prevention designed to reduce fire risk, encourage healthy ecosystems, and reduce the financial burden on taxpayers. Given the very serious drought conditions facing California, combined with longer and more serious wildfire seasons due to climate disruption, it’s more important than ever to prioritize fire prevention in our vegetation management strategies for the East Bay hills.
Native Peoples Statement
FSB recognizes that the City of Berkeley sits on the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and other familial descendants of the Verona Band.
For centuries, Indigenous peoples have worked to live in harmony with fire. HFSG believes that we can also learn from such cultural practices into contemporary wildfire management to help prevent catastrophic wildfires.
We also recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has, and continues to benefit from, the use and occupation of this land. Consistent with our values of community, inclusion and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the relationship to Native peoples. As members of the Berkeley community, it is vitally important that we not only recognize the history of the land on which we stand, but also, we recognize that the Muwekma Ohlone people are alive and flourishing members of the Berkeley and broader Bay Area communities today.
More background information is available at: cejce.berkeley.edu/ohloneland