Sunday, February 8, 2015

Grass fire threat to residents and our wildlife

Sweeney Ridge looking at Pacifica
Pacifica Tribune/Horace Hinshaw, Editor, 2/3/15.  "The way I see it." 

....  ".. we want to give a shout out to the many firefighters who helped fight the six-alarm grass fire a week ago. They are worth their weight in gold.  That fear of knowing something like this incident can happen again is pretty scary. The thought crosses many of our minds often on knowing there is no escape out the back of the valley in the event of a seismic or fiery disaster.

Back in the early 1970s there were talks of building an interstate route, over the hills, east-west from Highway 101 to the coast. From Interstate 280 (Junipero Serra Boulevard) the road would enter Crestmoor Canyon and proceed west to Skyline Boulevard in the San Bruno Avenue area and then a multiple lane highway would proceed west through the northern part of the San Francisco Watershed, south of Portola Highlands and the San Francisco County Jail, climb Sweeney Ridge, then go over the hills into Pacifica. Opposition and environmental concerns thwarted the plan. Citizens from both San Bruno and Pacifica fought the project.  Today the threat of a disaster still lingers."   Read more.

Note photograph  - "Pacific Coast side" from a series of Sweeney Ridge trail photographs by Penga from her Sakacom blog.

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

LOL - yeah, threat of disaster, that's the ticket. The fools will swallow that line and we won't even have mention opening up the hills for massive development to enrich ourselves.

People like Henshaw who think they can play the need to flee from disaster card are clearly delusional and expect clear thinking people to join them in their fools paeadise.

Tom Clifford said...

There are paper streets with many developable sites off of Rockaway Beach Blvd. With careful planning Pacifica could have several safe ways out of that area.

Anonymous said...

Thomas, you are correct, indeed there are paper streets and lots in Rockaway, but I think the neighbors will revolt. These are unstable hillsides. Those living adjacent to the paper streets and lots absolutely do not want to see them ever developed.

Anonymous said...

All that glorious clay soil! Add water and you get mud. Put it on a slope and tick tock tick tock.