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Wildfire Preparedness: A Community Responsibility

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Follow FIRESafe MARIN this Wildfire Preparedness Week, May 1-7, 2017Are you ready for Marin's wildfire season? Check Your email this week for daily Wildfire Preparedness tips and tricks!

Following one of California’s wettest winters, it may be difficult to believe that wildfire season in Marin is just a few weeks away.  As spring turns to summer and our green hills begin to brown, the threat of wildfire looms.  A record crop of grass is already helping spread wildfires to the south, and Marin is long overdue for a devastating fire...

Keep these conditions in mind as FIRESafe MARIN and your local fire department observe Wildfire Preparedness Week May 1 – 7.  We invite you to take advantage of the many programs and services available to Marinites to better protect your homes from wildfire by visiting FIRESafe MARIN's NEW website! 

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Wildfire Community Preparedness Week: May 1-7, 2017

Wildfire Community Preparedness Week: May 1-7, 2017
Join us May 1-7 as we celebrate national Wildfire Community Preparedness Week. At a time when wildfires are causing more damage to homes and businesses each year, Preparedness Week is a reminder that there are many things we can do to be prepared for wildfire. These events serves as means to inspire and encourage people of all ages to plan and participate in a risk reduction or wildfire preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live.

The 2017 National Wildfire Community Preparedness Week is May 1-7.  FIRESafe MARIN, Marin County Fire Department, Novato Fire Protection District, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, and other local agencies and neighborhoods are hosting events to help Marin residents better prepare for wildfires.

 Wildfire Community Preparedness Week: May 1-7, 2017

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Novato Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Novato Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Novato Fire Protection District along with National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and both Firewise communities, Marin Valley Mobile Country Club and Pacheco Valle will sponsor a Firewise Day Program that will provide free information to help you live safely in a wildland urban interface. The program will be held at Marin Valley Mobile Country Club located at 500 Marin Valley Drive in the clubhouse. Various guest speakers and exhibits will empower you and your neighbors to get ready for wildfire season and beyond.

Novato Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:00-2:30

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Updated CWPP Adopted by Board of Supervisors

Collaborative document will increases risk awareness and prioritize future mitigation efforts.

San Rafael, CA – After two years of collaboration with community members, fire departments and land management agencies, FIRESafe MARIN and Marin County Fire Department have finalized the updated Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), a comprehensive countywide framework for improving community protection from wildfires.

Approved by the Marin County Board of Supervisors at its March 7 meeting, the CWPP includes actions to reduce the ignitibility of homes and other structures within Marin’s wildland urban interface (WUI). An estimated 69,000 homes are built within Marin’s WUI, in which homes are at greater risk of wildfire because of surrounding vegetation and proximity to wildlands. The CWPP update was funded through a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as CAL FIRE.

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FIRESafe MARIN and PG&E Partner to Reduce Wildfire Threat in Marin

FIRESafe MARIN and PG&E Partner to Reduce Wildfire Threat in Marin
2016 PG&E Fuel Reduction Grants

PG&E Awarded FIRESafe MARIN seven grants in 2016, totalling $152,180, to reduce wildfire hazards in Marin.  Fuel reduction work was conducted summer 2016, with all projects completed by October 1.  

FIRESafe MARIN would like to thank our partner agencies and members who helped complete these projects quickly and efficiently, and PG&E for providing funding and making widfire hazard reduction a priority in Marin.

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Two Wildfires Burn in Novato, Homes Damaged

Two Wildfires Burn in Novato, Homes Damaged

A two-alarm vegetation fire Tuesday burned just over two acres acres in Novato, damaging a home and power lines.  The fire was allegedly caused by a 14-year-old boy who was playing with matches, a fire spokeswoman said.  Fire crews quickly knocked down a two-alarm fire in Novato one day earlier, Monday evening, according to the Marin County Fire Department, injuring a firefighter and forcing 15 homes to evacuate.

The second fire was reported just after 6 p.m. Tuesday off of Oliva Drive, according to Novato Fire District.

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Wildfires Threaten Communities to North and South of Marin

Wildfires Threaten Communities to North and South of Marin

Several fast-moving wildfires - two in Sonoma and the other in Santa Cruz county - have destroyed homes and are currently forcing mandatory evacuations.

In Petaluma Tuesday, September 27, a fast moving vegetation damaged or destroyed 14 homes alongside Highway 101. The fire started around 3:15 p.m. along the eastside of the freeway, south of East Washington Street, closing down northbound lanes of the freeway and forcing evacuations, according to fire officials. The fire may have started from a vehicle on the freeway, igniting dry brush on the shoulder, quickly spreading into a grove of eucalyptus trees and a nearby neighborhood.

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What is the Wildland Urban Interface?

What is the Wildland Urban Interface?

Citizens are moving farther into “natural” areas to take advantage of the privacy, natural beauty, recreational opportunities and affordable living. Developers are building neighborhoods to accommodate the influx. As a result, fire departments are fighting fires along the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), defined as areas where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildland fire. Depending on the area of the country, fire departments might refer to wildland fires as brush fires, forest fires, rangeland fires, or something else; however, they are all part of the WUI and all pose the same threat to local assets. The increase in the WUI threat has been steep because of continued development and exposure.

The WUI is not a place, per se, but a set of conditions that can exist in nearly every community. It can be a major subdivision or it can be four homes on an open range. According to the National Fire Protection Association, conditions include (but are not limited to): the amount, type, and distribution of vegetation; the flammability of the structures (homes, businesses, outbuildings, decks, fences) in the area, and their proximity to fire-prone vegetation and to other combustible structures; weather patterns and general climate conditions; topography; hydrology; average lot size; and road construction. The WUI exists in every state in the country.

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Ready. Set. Go. Wildfire...

In California, wildfires aren't a question of if, but only a question of when. If you choose to live near a natural area of the state, you are at risk for wildfires and it's your responsibility to prepare yourself, your family, and your home. And that preparation starts with three simple steps: READY, SET, GO!

Ready  Set  Go

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Marin Fuel Moistures Reach Critical Level

Marin Fuel Moistures Reach Critical Level

Marin's Live Fuel Moistures, an important measurement for firefighters that can predict extreme fire behavior during wildfires, reached critical levels September 19, 2016.  Measured at 57%, these critically low levels of vegetation moisture are the result of Marin's normal dry, mediterranean summer, exacerbated by the prolonged drought.

Live fuel moisture content describes the moisture content within living vegetation ("fuel").  Moisture content is among single most important factors determining the amount of fuel available to burn, and how much fuel might be consumed, during a wildfire.  Fuel moisture determines if certain vegetation will burn, how quickly and completely it might burn, and what phases of combustion the fuels will support.  Live fuel moisture is independent of dead fuels, which also contribute dramatically to wildfires.

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