We would like to express our appreciation for the home fire evaluation by Stuart Mitchell that was supported by Fire Safe Sonoma. We live off-grid on 120 acres of property on a ridge between Old Cazadero Road and Armstrong Redwood Park. We have been very actively pursuing defense from wildfires for the past several years, including acquiring and implementing a $70,000 California Forest Improvement Project (CFIP) grant to thin the small trees and underlying vegetation in 35 acres around our house. We also had exerted considerable effort to learn all the most recent information regarding creating defensible space around our house and hardening of the building.
Despite all of our efforts, we were somewhat surprised to find that Stuart noted weaknesses during the home assessment. He suggested straightforward improvements that increased our safety from wildfire and we have implemented all of the suggestions he made. As the recent Walbridge Fire approached to within a mile of our house, we took comfort knowing that based on Stuart’s suggestions, we had done all that was humanly possible to prepare.In summary, the systematic check list used to evaluate the fire safety of our house was thoughtfully prepared and comprehensive. Stuart was very efficient and organized in applying the check list to our house. The advice he gave us was priceless.
Harry and Aina — Old Cazadero Road
We just read over your report, and we wanted to let you know how much we appreciate what you’ve done for us….I haven’t stopped raving about our time with you! Really, we can’t thank you enough for your time, expertise, and patience— you’re a treasure. Because of your insights and recommendations, we face the fire season with much more confidence…
Bob and Mary — Occidental, CA
Thank you again for your mitigation assessment today. At the beginning you said that you hoped to educate me, and in fact you did; I learned a lot. I appreciate the candor and tact that you demonstrated as you showed me the many weak and vulnerable spots on my property. The pictures are super and are perfect reminders of what we talked about. I look forward to re-reading the checklist and to watching the video you sent. I feel very fortunate to have met you and to have been started on the right path to make my home safer. It was a pleasure to meet you.
Emily — Occidental, CA
Stuart is a very knowledgeable, compassionate and capable practitioner in the newly emerging field of Fire Mitigation. This work involves a broad understanding of both the built and natural environments, and how to address fire concerns within both contexts. His eye for detail, coupled with a creative and resourceful approach to potential solutions, eased our stress given the ‘new normal’ threat of Fire in our region. I highly recommend Stuart as a go-to person to guide you through the understanding of your property’s vulnerabilities, as well as highlighting practical solutions to making your home more fire-safe. Very important work given these challenging times.
R.J. — Santa Rosa, CA