Participation in Fire Safe San Mateo CountyThe goal of fire management at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is to reduce fire hazards to neighboring communities and the JRBP community without compromising its research and conservation mission.
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is an active member of Fire Safe San Mateo County, a collective effort of over twenty five agencies including Woodside Fire Protection District and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The mission of Fire Safe San Mateo County is to maintain the quality of life and property for the citizens living in the wildland-urban intermix zones of San Mateo County. Working together, we can achieve effective fire protection, education and planning.
The key elements of the Mission are to reduce hazardous vegetation, the creation of defensible space around structures, and the education of citizens regarding fire hazards and fire behavior through the guidance of local agencies.
For more information on Fire Safe San Mateo County go to http://www.smcfiresafe.org/
You can also download "Living With Fire in San Mateo County: A Guide for the Homeowner."
Fire Tours of the Preserve For Local Fire CrewsThis summer, the Preserve hosted a number of tours for fire crews from Woodside Fire Protection District, Palo Alto Fire Department, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This is part of a growing tradition of having fire crews tour the Preserve to become familiar with access and activities. The tours included familiarization with all vehicle gates, bridges, major fire roads, major experiments, facilities, and sensitive areas such as the serpentine grassland.
Controlled Burns at JRBPJuly 18, 2011 prescribed burn
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), in collaboration with Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, conducted a small, prescribed burn inside the preserve's main entrance on Sand Hill Road near Woodside on Monday, July 18. The prescribed burn was confined to just 1.2 acres of grassland and provided a range of benefits for management and research. The area that was burned has been intensively studied for 14 years, providing background information so that the burn can be used to:
Goals of prescribed burn:
Photos of the burn by Dan Quinn:
Photos of the burn by Philippe Cohen:
Video stream of burn by Stanford Video:
JRGCE-WebstreamPrescribedBurn.mov (available on disc)
Video of burn by Don Mason:
JRGCE-PrescribedBurn.mov (available on disc)
1999 and 2001 controlled burns
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve conducted grassland controlled burns in 1999 and 2001 in collaboration with local fire personnel. The following photos are taken from the 2001 burn.
2001 Controlled Burn Location Map
Additional Fire Management Activities