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ORDINANCE 1911 <br />ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />AMENDING RESCINDING AND ADDING SECTIONS TO <br />CHAPTER 9 OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS TOWN CODE RELATING TO <br />FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION REGULATIONS AND ADOPTING THE 1991 <br />UNIFORM FIRE CODE WITH 1991 STATE OF CALIFORNIA AMENDMENTS <br />WHEREAS, the Town of Los Gatos has determined and finds that the attached <br />changes or modifications to the Uniform Fire Code, 1991 Edition, are reasonably necessary <br />because of local climactic, geological, and topographical conditions. <br />WHEREAS, Local climatic conditions can affect the acceleration, intensity, and size <br />of fire in the community. The Town of Los Gatos experiences years with little rainfall and <br />frequent periods of low humidity and high temperatures. This combination can create <br />extremely hazardous fire conditions particularly in the hillside areas of the community. <br />Prevailing winds in this area are from the Northwest with velocities generally in the 5 mph <br />to 15 mph range and may gust up to 30 mph. These winds can have a great impact <br />particularly during the summer months when such winds may carry burning brands and <br />embers from grass or structure fires great distances, spreading the fire beyond the point of <br />origin. <br />WHEREAS, the Town of Los Gatos is situated on and adjacent to active earthquake <br />faults. Namely the San Andreas fault, which is capable of producing substantial seismic <br />events, as well as secondary faults known as the Berrocal and Shannon fault systems. Upon <br />the occurrence of a major seismic event emergency resources would be substantially stressed <br />and, therefore, would have to be prioritized to mitigate the greatest threats to public safety. <br />The likely result of this situation would be that fire and other emergency resources will be <br />unavailable for responses to individual single- family residences. Some of the variables that <br />would impact and tend to intensify the overall situation would be: <br />(1) The extent of damage to the water systems; <br />(2) The extent of isolation of areas due to bridge and /or freeway overpass <br />collapse; <br />1 <br />