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Information: (650) 851-1594

Established 1924

Woodside Fire Protection District

Serving Woodside, Portola Valley, Emerald Hills, Ladera, Los Trancos, Skyline, Vista Verde, CA.

RSG Ready Short

Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildfire so your home is ready in case of a fire.

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RSG Set Short

Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Monitor alerts and news from local media and fire department for updated information.

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RSG Go Short

Following your Action Plan protects you and helps firefighters fight the wildfire, ensuring your family's, safety.

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Leave early!


Leave early! Knowing when to leave, what to take, where to go, and how to get there will prevent you and your family from being caught in smoke, fire, or road congestion while evacuating during a wildfire. Leave early enough to avoid being caught in fire, smoke, or road congestion. Don't wait to be told by authorities. If you are advised to leave, don't hesitate. Leave to a predetermined location (it should be a low-risk area, such as a well prepared neighbor or relative's house, a Red Cross shelter or evacuation center, motel, etc…) Have several travel routes in case one route is blocked by the fire or by emergency vehicles and equipment. Choose an escape route away from the fire. Take your emergency supply kit containing your family and pets' necessary items, such as cash, water, clothing, food, first aid kits, and medications. Don't forget valuables such as computer, photos and important documents.


Leaving early is the safest strategy, but it's still important to know what to do if you're trapped by wildfire. Every member of your household should know when and how to shelter in place. Shelter away from outside walls. Patrol inside your home for spot fires and extinguish them. Wear long sleeves and long pants made of natural fibers such as cotton. Stay hydrated. Ensure you can exit the home if it catches fire (remember that if it's hot inside the house it is four to five times hotter outside) Check your roof and extinguish any fires, sparks, or embers. Check inside the attic for hidden embers. Patrol your property and extinguish small fires. 


Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news from local media and your local fire department for updated information.

The reality is that there will never be enough firefighters, engines, or trucks to defend every home in a major wildfire. It's up to you to take responsibility for protecting your family, your home, and your community. A family disaster plan is only useful if it's completed well before a wildfire occurs. Your plan should address the needs of every member of your family or household, including pets. An escape route is a preplanned route designed to help your family get to a safe area during a wildfire. It's important to map out several in case roads are blocked or unsafe for travel.

It's not a matter of "if" but "when" the next major wildfire will occur in San Mateo County. Having checklists for inside and outside your home will make it easier to complete final tasks to protect your family and home as the fire approaches.



Your emergency supply kit should contain enough supplies and belongings for every member of your household for at least 3 days. Your to-go bag holds items needed to help you evacuate quickly and safely. 



Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildfire so your home is ready in case of a wildfire.

Ready, Set, Go!

Are You Wildfire Ready? Ready, Set, Go! gives you the tools to protect you, your family, property and community from wildfires.

Many residents have built their homes and landscaped without fully understanding the impact that could result from wildfire. There may not be a lot of time to figure out who is home, what to take, where or when to go. Take personal responsibility and learn what you can do today.

Firefighters train hard to prepare for wildfires. Residents need to do the same!

RSG Ready Short

Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildfire so your home is ready in case of a fire.

Learn more

RSG Set Short

Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news from local media and fire department for updated information.

Learn more

RSG Go Short

Following your Action Plan makes you prepared and firefighters able to best maneuver the wildfire; ensuring you and your family's safety.

Learn more

Los Trancos & Vista Verde Incentive Program for Defensible Space

Los Trancos County Maintenance District Property Owner Incentives 

$5,000.00 is available each calendar year per household on a first come, first served basis until budgeted yearly funding has been depleted. Each property owner may receive 50% reimbursement on approved items and/or work completed.

 Mission of the program: The Home Hardening and Defensible Space program should collectively protect the entire community of the LTCMD while developing a fair program that allows every resident to participate. 

Incentives for 2017 through 2019:

  1. Home Access To include making sure the property address is clearly marked with reflective non-combustible material and visible from the street, making sure local Fire Department and/or emergency responders have proper “KNOX” gate access, making sure driveway is clear of overhanging trees and vegetation is cleared at least 5 feet on each side of the driveway, consideration of creating a turnaround for emergency vehicles and to include having private bridges rated/posted by an engineer. 
  1. Roof Assembly Reimbursement toward the cost of replacing an existing combustible roof with a rated non-combustible roof. 
  1. Exterior Walls and/or Siding Reimbursement toward the cost of replacing and/or improving the existing combustible exterior walls and/or siding with a rated non-combustible siding material. To include the installation of rated non-combustible skirting material, double-paned tempered glass windows and skylights. 
  1. Vents/Spark Arrestors To include the material cost and installation of non-combustible ember-resistant vent screens such as Brand-guard or Vulcan and/or the installation of vent screens that have a minimum size opening of 1/8 of an inch. To also include the installation of chimney spark arrestors with a minimum of ¼” non-combustible mesh screening. 
  1. Attached Structures Reimbursement toward the material cost and installation of rated non-combustible decking, patio covers, balconies, carports and/or fencing materials that are attached to the house and may act as a wick to bring fire to the building. 
  1. Hazardous Trees/Tree Limbing Reimbursement for labor to remove or trim trees within the 30 foot zone of the structure.  Remove all limbs within 10’ of structures and chimney outlets.  Limb up trees approximately 6’ to 8’ from the ground (smaller trees, limb up 1/3 the height) to prevent fire from reaching tree tops via ladder fuels.* 
  1. Brush/Ladder Fuel Mitigation – Reimbursement for labor to cut back or clear hazardous ladder fuel brush such as French and Scotch broom and coyotebrush as the assessor determines necessary. (Please note that weed whacking of annual grasses, though also required by fire code, is not an included incentive.)* 
  1. Automatic Gas Shut Off Valve Reimbursement for materials and labor for valve installation that will shut off gas automatically in an earthquake. 

Next steps: 

Sign me up!:  Contact Deputy Fire Marshal, Don Bullard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

(650) 530-2840 to schedule a property inspection.  Don will soon email your assessment showing incentives for which you qualify.  If you have any questions about incentive details, Don is happy to answer.

Get pre-approved:  Figure out what incentive you would like to take advantage of and get estimates for work and/or supplies. Then contact Don Bullard for project pre-approval, including your estimates.  If you do the work yourself, you can be reimbursed only for supplies.  Plan to complete your project(s) within 90 days of pre-approval to ensure availability of funds for reimbursement.  Contact Don if you need an extension of the 90-day time period.

Request reimbursement:  As soon as your project is complete, email Don Bullard to request reimbursement. Include all receipts, a description of work done and pictures if appropriate.

Getting reimbursed:  WFPD will issue reimbursement checks quarterly in May/Apr, Jun/Jul, Sept/Oct and Dec/Jan.  You will receive 50% of the money you spent up to a max of $5,000 annually.  (E.g. spend $3,000, receive $1,500; spend $11,000, receive $5,000, the maximum.)  

* Some of the listed items are not recommendations but requirements of the fire code.

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808 Portola Rd #C
Portola Valley, CA  USA
Tel: (650) 851-1594
Fax: (650) 851-3960
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