Hillside Natural Area (HNA) Fire Road Repairs

The project will repair the HNA fire road at five locations that were significantly damaged during storms in February 2017 using FEMA and Cal OES funding. Heavy rains, flooding and high-velocity winds caused widespread damage throughout the State of California. These conditions existed in the federally-declared County of Contra Costa, including in the City of El Cerrito, which maintains the fire access roads and recreational trails in HNA. This 102.5-acre undeveloped open space includes extensive native vegetation, an oak woodland, riparian environments, Eucalyptus groves, and the majority of the City’s urban tree canopy; it is surrounded by residential neighborhoods and is in a designated Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.

Sites 1 through 5 fire road repairs generally includes clearing and grubbing of the fire roads, scarifying the road and edges, minor re-grading to fill washouts and re-contour cross slopes, restoring the road profile and cross-section with soils on site, moisture conditioning, recompacting existing soils, installing earthen water bars, erosion and dust control, and other related work. 

HNA MapNotice from the City's contractor, ETIC Engineering, will be directly delivered before work begins. Construction will take approximately four weeks depending on weather. Construction activities will typically start at 8 a.m. and finish by 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Portions of the fire/maintenance road will be temporarily closed during this time but will re-open at the end of the workday and on weekends.  The contractor will attempt to accommodate any special needs as they arise, and emergency access will always be available. Your patience during construction of this project is greatly appreciated.

Construction is scheduled to begin August 2019.


Roland Lambert                       Associate Engineer                 (510) 215-4368                   Email

Chase Jiannalone                     ETIC Engineering               Field Services Manager             (925) 499-1888                 Email