Before and after photos of fuel break work at Saratoga Gap

Reducing Fire Risk at Saratoga Gap Preserve

Midpen staff maintained an existing fuel break along Charcoal Road in Saratoga Gap Preserve from winter 2022 and was completed in June 2023.

To maintain a portion of an existing shaded fuel break created in cooperation with CalFire, the South Skyline Fire Safe Council and the Santa Clara County Fire Safe Council.  

Work included thinning of trees and removal of low branches and understory plants in forested areas to slow potential fires and keep them on the ground, while retaining enough canopy to maintain shade, reduce rapid regrowth and minimize erosion.  

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