Novato Fire Marshal Calls it a Pepper Tree- No Visit Ever Made On Site…

Update 09/28/15:

Six months ago, I made the following post… I just let it all go after that.. I could not believe that the Novato Fire Marshal was calling the high fire hazard trees (Australian Paper Bark) on my street” California Pepper” trees.. There was nothing else I could do… I just simply posted his email response and mine and said good bye to the Novato Fire Protection District… I could finally see that they are just a scam… But, I am putting this on the front page of my blog so others can see what I had to deal with and why I had to let it go… As of this date, the very bad trees remain here untouched… I still hope for the day when good people will take control and make my neighborhood safe from a major fire disaster… I do not care what the Fire Marshal says… I do not trust him…I only trust my own feelings and that has allowed me to live and be safe… And I will continue to post the truth about this situation until that day when everything is done right…

03/18/15:

I received this email response from B/C Fire Marshal Bill Tyler yesterday regarding my most recent complaint. I sent him and others my response back. See below:

from: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>
to: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
cc: “clark@nfh.org” <clark@nfh.org>,
“info@wakefieldsharp.com” <info@wakefieldsharp.com>,
“hgrunt@cityofnovato.org” <hgrunt@cityofnovato.org>,
Virginia Patterson <vrpatt193@aol.com>,
Lori Jessell <ljessell@novatofire.org>,
Lynne Osgood <losgood@novatofire.org>
date: Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 2:02 PM
subject: RE: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle
: Important mainly because of your interaction with messages in the conversation.

Hi Julia:

After receiving your complaint on March 12, 2015 the following actions have been taken by the Novato Fire District to investigate and follow up:

  1. Complaint was assigned to a NFD Fire Inspector Lynne Osgood who performed a preliminary site inspection, including but not limited to identifying the area of the tree and other landscaped vegetation that you captured in your submitted photo;
  1. Identified the type of tree, evaluated the arrangement of vegetation, and its proximity to the structure;
  1. Contacted the property management company  and arranged to meet with the new landscape maintenance supervisor;

Findings:

  1. The existing condition of the landscape is substantially in compliance with the existing approved vegetation management plan, given this time of the year.
  1. The tree in the photo is a Pepper Tree and is included on the list of approved fire resistive trees in the approved plant list. It was limbed up appropriately. It is not to be considered a fire hazard. I understand from you that it was removed— it was done so without our input or recommendation.
  1. We will continue to work with and educate the property manager and their landscape maintenance crews as to proper maintenance of the approved vegetation management plan.

I realize that you have strong opinions regarding the current state of the landscaping and up keep, and that those opinions may not be in alignment with our evaluation and findings. We will continue to work with the management to keep the residential areas fire safe, and thank you for your concerns, which we do take seriously.

Sincerely,

B/C Bill Tyler, Fire Marshal

Novato Fire District

415-787-2690

My response:

from: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
to: Bill Tyler <btyler@novatofire.org>
cc: “clark@nfh.org” <clark@nfh.org>,
“info@wakefieldsharp.com” <info@wakefieldsharp.com>,
“hgrunt@cityofnovato.org” <hgrunt@cityofnovato.org>,
Virginia Patterson <vrpatt193@aol.com>,
Lori Jessell <ljessell@novatofire.org>,
Lynne Osgood <losgood@novatofire.org>
date: Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 6:05 PM
subject: Re: High fire hazard vegetation problem on Captain Nurse Circle
mailed-by: gmail.com

Again, I want to say this one more time:

The tree in question was not a “Pepper tree”..A pepper tree has red berries and different leaves than this one… This tree was an Australian Paperbark tree. There are several of these paperbarks (bottle brush type) behind my  building.. Way too many…And all over Captain Nurse Circle

Now, I am not stupid. I know what kind of tree these are…. This is not the right kind of tree for our landscaping. These trees are not safe. They are highly invasive, non-native and high fire hazard and if anyone from the Fire Protection District actually would come out and see them, they would have to admit this too. I am really done with you guys this time..I know that no one ever really did come and see this stuff. All lip service….

You are not dealing with my reality. You have a mindset that is not healthy either… To say these are Pepper trees is very irresponsible of you..Shameful..

I do not want to continue to discuss this situation with you fire people.. I see that you guys do not take this very seriously…. That is a shame but it is the truth… So, I will not be bothering you anymore with my complaints… These high fire hazard trees remain here though and I am documenting that today… There was not ever a lot by lot inspection done or any removals done except when I specifically complained.. You are all irresponsible and not doing your jobs and yet you get paid.. Disgusting…

The only person who cared was Clark!

Amazing.

My point here is this: the Novato Fire Protection District is a sham.. They do not come out and do any inspections here. They call the vegetation safe when it is not. They are not in touch with reality..They are not protecting anyone but themselves!

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

Paperbark tree behind my home-very high fire hazard and invasive

This is the tree in question. It is not a pepper tree. There are several of these paperbark trees right now everywhere on my street and the Novato Fire Marshal says it is OK and calls these pepper trees… What a joke!  I am posting this here so we can all get a good laugh at those fire people who just sit around and do nothing and wait for a fire to happen! These trees are just a few examples of the mess we have here on Captain Nurse Circle..

Australian paper bark tree- very dry and lots of peeling bark. These trees are located through out our neighborhood.. It is a very invasive non native species.

Australian paper bark tree is very dry and lots of peeling bark. These trees are located throughout our neighborhood.. It is a very invasive, non-native and high fire hazard species.

Paperbark tree close to building on Captain Nurse Circle

Australian Paperbark trees close to building on Captain Nurse Circle

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Strictly prohibited Australian Eucalyptus tree located in the center of Captain Nurse Circle. We have others like this one surrounding us on Captain Nurse Circle and  it is being allowed by the HOA and Fire Protection District..

Peeling paperbark trees.

Peeling Australian paperbark trees behind buildings 2 and 4 on Captain Nurse Circle.

Bottle Brush trees are everywhere on Captain Nurse Circle. There is a big line of them right behind buildings 2 and 4...

Paper bark bottle brush trees are everywhere on Captain Nurse Circle. There is a big line-up of them right behind buildings 2 and 4…We are at a high fire hazard risk right now because the Novato Fire Protection District is not doing their job to inspect this mess and supervise removal…