Lake Hills Forms Fire Safe Council
The council is also committed to reducing fire danger inside the woodsy community, 300-or-so homes clustered along Guadalupe and Encina drives between Brown’s Ravine and Lakehills Drive along the boundary of the recreation area.
Unlike the neighboring Waterford, Summit and Southpointe subdivisions, which it predates by a decade or more, Lake Hills was not a planned community — a fact that contributes to a its rustic charm but is a detriment to fire safety on several fronts.
Lacking a homeowners association with the authority to enforce fuel load reduction, the neighborhood has become overgrown, Chief Roberts emphasized to the two-dozen or so attendees at the council’s third meeting, held on July 31 at Station 85.
Ample dry brush, older buildings, steep lakeside terrain, prevailing uphill winds, limited ingress and egress, small lots with inadequate setbacks, overhead power lines, narrow streets and exposed wood siding, decking and roofs all mimic conditions in two memorable urban California firestorms — Oakland Hills in 1991 and Angora in 2007 — and constitute as much a threat as the fuel load in the adjoining recreation area, said Roberts.
The Folsom Lake SRA is co-managed by ...