Road edge clearing begins July 28, 2021

Our next Road Edge Hazardous Fuel Removal Project will begin on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. The Redwood Estates Services Association (RESA) Community Road Edge Easement Defensible Space Program is part of our ongoing efforts to minimize wildfire risk. This project and our Community Brush Chipping Days go toward maintaining our FireWise Community designation. 

Scope of Work: 

  • Clear / remove / chip brush, trees, vines from approximately 11 miles of roadways within the community of Redwood Estates.
  • Clear roadways to the prescribed Santa Clara County Fire Code easements to allow ingress / egress of emergency vehicles, which is defined as 10 feet on either side of the centerline of the travelled road, with a road edge clearance of 14 feet high (a 20 ft wide by 14 feet tall swath).
  • Once the above project is completed, RESA will be removing several hazardous trees within our community’s roadway easements.

We understand that many of our community members utilize plants, trees, and shrubs for privacy. Please identify with a type of label any plants that you will personally trim, and we will do our best to work around them.

These projects should be completed prior to August 28, 2021. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please feel free to contact Jeff Bates, Operations Manager, with any questions.

Pool closed Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Redwood Estates Pool will be closed Saturday, July 24, 2021, due to a scheduled PG&E power shutdown to replace the service pole that feeds power to our pool. Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health mandates that all pools be closed during power outages due to continuous filtration requirements.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Daily pool hours should be back to normal beginning Sunday, July 25.

Please feel free to contact Jeff Bates, Operations Manager, with any questions regarding this issue.

FireWise recommendations

Dear RESA Members,

As part of becoming a FireWise community, we pledged annual improvement in reducing fuel loads and maintaining a safe community.  We have two requests of our community members and an announcement that you can read more about below. In brief:

  • Please record your annual brush abatement efforts in this form
  • Using this form, please purchase and affix minimum 4-inch reflective house numbers to your home
  • Our FireWise status has been renewed for 2020!  

Brush Abatement

We have an annual commitment to reduce hazardous fuels in our community, and we can see and hear the chainsaws and chippers working actively to make homes more fire safe in our area.  We applaud your efforts, as they add to our ability to keep our FireWise Certification.  In order for us to count that effort toward our annual FireWise commitment we need to track it, so we have built this form. We ask you to please fill it out when you do any brush abatement.  You can record hours, truckloads, or dollars spent, and we just ask that you put the address where the work was done so that we can keep track.  All of this data will be properly anonymized.

Reflective House Numbers

In 2019 we had a fire risk assessment performed by Battalion Chief Jonathan Black, and he identified that we could greatly help our first responders by installing reflective house numbers that are easily visible.  Santa Clara County Fire requests that residents use four inch (4”) Black or Blue numbers on a White Reflective background posted at the roadside.   We would like to urge each and every member to fulfill this request to purchase and display house numbers.

In addition, if you would like to purchase high quality two-sided reflective metal signs (6”x24”) as in the example above ($30-40), please fill out this form and we will charge your account and batch up the requests to save $$ on shipping.

FireWise recognized for 2020!

Due to our ongoing annual efforts to reduce hazardous fuel within our community, Redwood Estates has again been recognized  as a FireWise Community  in good standing.  We would like to say thank you to all those residents who have worked tirelessly to maintain their properties and reduce their brush!  It is due to these efforts that we are able to maintain this status.  

Thank you for your time,

RESA Board of Directors

We are a Firewise community

Firewise USA Recognition 

By Jeff Bates and David Hubbard 

When we see images of the devastation from wildfires that California residents have faced over the last few years, it is natural to ask what more we can do to better prepare our communities and ourselves in case of wildfires. These questions motivated Redwood Estates residents to attend a community wildfire-awareness seminar in April at the Redwood Estates Pavilion. This seminar was hosted by the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council and the Santa Clara County Fire Department, and led by Eugenia Rendler. The seminar provided attendees with guidelines and action plans to help keep their homes and families safe, such as early evacuation planning, creating defensible spaces around their homes by minimizing brush, vegetation, ladder fuels, and removing dead trees, and keeping rooftops and gutters free of debris. 

We want to encourage our neighbors to maintain their property to minimize the spread of fire, and be available to help their neighbors do the same. 

Attendees also learned that Redwood Estates could become a Firewise USA® recognized site. We have achieved this goal. 

In order for a community to become recognized as Firewise by the National Fire Protection Association, a majority of community members must participate. They must make efforts to reduce the risk of fire by developing plans such as vegetation management, fire-resistant landscaping, clearly marked street signs, and street addresses on residential structures. They must hold community meetings to educate residents on the risks of wildfires in a wildland-urban interface area. 

Redwood Estates has always promoted fire safety, sponsoring community brush-chipping programs for the past thirty years. Redwood Estates Services Association was approached by the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council to find out how our community designed the “drive-up chipping program” and began partnering with us in 2009. This partnership resulted in two annual brush-chipping days, yielding an average of 135 truckloads chipped per day. This opened doors to many community hazardous-fuel reduction programs and grant money. 

Another important aspect to becoming Firewise is to perform a community-risk assessment with the assistance of the Santa Clara County Fire Department. This assessment was reviewed and edited by Santa Clara Country Fire Battalion Chief Jon Black, who suggested ways we could reduce brush on vacant or uninhabited lots and ensure that street signs are not obstructed and are highly reflective.

These projects help keep our mountain homes and communities safe. If you have questions about fire safety in Redwood Estates, email us at, or visit Being recognized as a Firewise community is not a one-time accomplishment. It requires reducing fuels annually and making an ongoing commitment to protecting our mountain community. In the words of John Muir: “You are not in the mountains, the mountains are in you.” 

First printed in the Mountain Network News, October 2019, pp. 10–11

Leash laws in Redwood Estates

Even here in unincorporated Santa Clara County, there are leash laws for dogs. From the website: “Dogs must be controlled by a 6’ leash at all times, except in designated off-leash areas. Use of extended leashes, voice control, or electronic collars does not meet the County’s ordinance requirements for controlling one’s dog.”

When you are walking your dog in Redwood Estates, please comply with the law and leash them, in order that your pet, your neighbors’ property, their children, and livestock or poultry can all stay safe.

For off-leash facilities and information about having fun with your dog in County parks, click here.