SCU Complex Fire Wattle Needs Poll and Up Dates from Louay Toma

Thankfully the current weather patterns have not caused any debris flows or serious flash flooding in and near burn areas to date. However, as you know the intensity of the SCU Complex Fire left the mountains with little vegetation to prevent the slopes from sliding. Thankfully we are having our 2nd year of growth in the area but we should remain vigilant whenever there is winter weather.

I am polling to see if there is any interest in receiving straw wattles (to help prevent sediment and contaminant migration during rain events). If so we will coordinate with the Roads Department (the Corp. yard on Mines Road). Please respond back to this notice at  and let me know; if we find interest we will move forward to make them available. In the interim please see the following website links to help support you:

For information regarding County road closures please visit:

For information regarding State road closure please visit:

Additional links and tools we recommend are:

  1. Sign up for emergency alerts at
  2. Monitor weather reports and consider your safety risk when a weather advisory is issued.
  3. Be prepared to leave before roads, creeks and waterways are flowing, or go to a neighbor on high ground.
  4. Know all your local access roads and understand that some may be blocked by debris. Have an alternate plan or route. Mudslides can occur even days after a storm when the ground is saturated.
  5. NEVERdrive or walk into floodwaters or go around barricades. It is impossible to know how deep the water is just by looking at it.
  6. For more flood protection resources please visit:


Louay Toma  CEM, MPA , Office (408) 808-7800

Sr. Emergency Manager, Santa Clara County Fire Department

Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Management


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