Marin County Community WilDfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
In 2015, CAL FIRE awarded FIRESafe MARIN a $123,200 grant from the SRA Fire Prevention Fee Fund to update the 2005 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and integrate it with the Marin County Fire Department Unit Strategic Fire Plan. The plan was completed in 2016, and formally adopted by the Board of Supervisors in early 2017.
A science-based hazard, asset, risk assessment was performed using up-to-date, high resolution topography and fuels information combined with local fuel moisture and weather data. The assessment was focused on identifying areas of concern throughout the county and beginning to prioritize areas where wildfire threat is greatest. Hazard mitigation efforts can then be focused to address specific issues in the areas of greatest concern (see Sections 4 and 5).
The CWPP is actively helping Marin County reduce our wildland fire hazard using a collaborative and integrated approach that includes the following strategies (see Section 8):
- Pre-fire planning.
- Public education and outreach to promote and implement fire adapted community practices.
- Vegetation management and fuel reduction at the county and community levels.
- Reducing structure ignitability by promoting and enforcing building codes, ordinances, and statutes.
The CWPP provides a framework for collaboration that can be used to identify, prioritize, implement, and monitor hazard reduction activities throughout the county. It is intended to be a living document that will be updated periodically by FIRESafe MARIN and Marin County Fire Department (MCFD) in collaboration with a broad group of stakeholders.
This document also supports the California Fire Plan and CAL FIRE’s Unit Strategic Fire Plan. While this CWPP broadly covers the entire county, this plan supports and encourages more focused plans for wildfire protection at the city, community, and neighborhood scales.