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60 Minutes: Why fighting wildfires often fails -- and what to do about it

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More than 100M Americans live in or near forests and grasslands that can erupt in flames. Steve Inskeep reports on fighting wildfires, which cost federal agencies almost $2B last year

Fighting wildfires in America cost federal agencies almost $2 billion last year including more than half the budget of the U.S. Forest Service. Wildland fires are growing worse in a time of drought and climate change, and the biggest and most destructive fires can't be stopped. They are a force of nature: imagine trying to stop a hurricane. Yet the government has to try, because more than a 100 million Americans now live in -- or near -- forests and grasslands that can erupt in flames.

This excellent 60 Minutes news magazine program featured a segment called "In the Path of Fire." In just over 12 minutes, the episode accurately summarizes the sobering reality of wildfires in the US -- the increasing frequency of large, extreme fires, the spiraling costs of fighting these fires, and the toll on life and property in the areas where more and more people live, known as the wildland/urban interface. Fire scientist Dr. Jack Cohen, whose research has formed the basis for how NFPA works to help homes and communities become ignition resistant, is featured.

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PG&E Awards $99,000 in Grants to FIRESafe MARIN to Improve Wildfire Evacuation Routes and Reduce Vegetation

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Even though the drought emergency is over, the damage has already been done. The drought and bark beetle infestation have killed more than 100 million trees in California, and U.S. Forest Service scientists expect elevated levels of tree mortality to continue this year in some areas. That’s why Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is working with Fire Safe Councils across its service area to reduce the threat of wildfire. The company is awarding $2 million in funding to local Fire Safe Councils, including $99,000 to FIRESafe MARIN.

This year, PG&E will be funding 43 local Fire Safe Council and other 501(c)3 projects in 21 counties.  Four projects are in Marin County and will specifically target combustible vegetation along evacuation routes, as identified in the 2016 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) found here: www.firesafemarin.org/cwpp. The goal of each project is to reduce roadside vegetation fuel that might threaten the safe evacuation of residents during a wildfire in specific neighborhoods of Larkspur, Mill Valley, Corte Madera and Tamalpais Valley.

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2017 Mill Valley Evacuation Drill: Saturday, May 20


The City of Mill Valley conducts an annual emergency evacuation exercise every spring. The drill helps raise disaster awareness and provide residents with an opportunity to practice evacuating from their homes to a safe location.  

FIRESafe MARIN will have a booth at the Evacuation Drill Preparedness Fair at Tamalpais High School from 9-12, with information on creating Defensible Space, FIREWISE Community recognition, and an opportunity to speak to wildfire experts about your concerns.Saturday, May 20, 2017  |  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Evacuating Neighborhoods: EDGEWOOD/HOMESTEAD VALLEY NEIGHBORHOODS

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Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 7: Help a Neighbor, Organize a Neighborhood

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Wildfire Preparedness Week is May 1-7, 2017.  Follow our daily updates for an easy, step by step guide to protecting your home!

This week, FIRESafe MARIN will provide a simple, 7 day guide to improving your home and family's wildfire preparedness with simple, easy, inexpensive tips.

Day 7: Help a Neighbor, Organize a Neighborhood

Now that you've followed our step-by-step guide to preparing your home and family for wildfire, why not organize your entire neighborhood?  In order to be truly "fire safe," every home in your community needs to play its part in preparing, by creating defensible space and using fire-safe building materials and practices.

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Visit Us at the Marin Civic Center Farmers Market - TODAY!

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Visit FIRESafe MARIN at the Marin Civic Center Farmer's Market TODAY, May 7, 2017 from 8AM-1PM.  Our booth will have information on our programs and services, and you'll have an opportunity to speak to wildfire experts who can help you select the right plants and building materials to ensure your home survives a wildfire.  Learn more about the Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, free chipper days, or sign up for the upcoming Assessing Residential Fire Hazards class - this is a great opportunity to connect with FIRESafe MARIN and all we offer. 

Our partner PG&E will have information on powerline safety and their vegetation management program that helps protect Marin communities from wildfires.

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Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 6: Go! Create an Evacuation Plan

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Wildfire Preparedness Week is May 1-7, 2017.  Follow our daily updates for an easy, step by step guide to protecting your home!

This week, FIRESafe MARIN will provide a simple, 7 day guide to improving your home and family's wildfire preparedness with simple, easy, inexpensive tips.

Day 6: Go!  Create an Evacuation Plan

 Ready, Set, Go.  If you've followed days 1-5 of our Wildfire Preparedness Week step-by-step planning guide, you've now taken steps to "Ready" your home for wildfire, and are "set" to evacuate when the time is right.  Today we'll look at the last step in a process that we hope you'll never face - evacuate.

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Have You Registered Your Cell Phone for "AlertMarin?"

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ALERT MARIN

If a wildfire requires evacuation in Marin and time allows, emergency managers will use the "Alert Marin" system to send out notifications by telephone, cellular, VOIP, and text message.  If you live, work or go to school in Marin County and are 18 and over, you may register your cell phone or VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone to receive emergency alerts sent by call, text, email, or smartphone application from the County of Marin.

Listed and unlisted/blocked Marin County landline phone numbers are already included in the Alert Marin emergency notification system.  Cell phone and VoIP numbers are not included and will require your registration in our Self-Registration Portal.

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Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 5: Now that You're Ready, Get Set!

Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 5: Now that You're Ready, Get Set!
Wildfire Preparedness Week is May 1-7, 2017.  Follow our daily updates for an easy, step by step guide to protecting your home!

This week, FIRESafe MARIN will provide a simple, 7 day guide to improving your home and family's wildfire preparedness with simple, easy, inexpensive tips.

Day 5: Now that You're Ready, Get Set!

Ready, Set, Go.  If you've followed days 1-4 of our Wildfire Preparedness Week step-by-step planning guide, you've now taken steps to "Ready" your home for wildfire.  By creating Defensible Space, and taking steps to harden your home and maintain fire resistant landscaping, firefighters have a fighting-chance to save your home when wildfire strikes.  Today we'll look at the first stage of preparation to evacuate.

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Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 4: Choose Fire Safe Plants

Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 4: Choose Fire Safe Plants
Wildfire Preparedness Week is May 1-7, 2017.  Follow our daily updates for an easy, step by step guide to protecting your home!

This week, FIRESafe MARIN will provide a simple, 7-day guide to improving your home and family's wildfire preparedness with simple, easy, inexpensive tips.

Day 4: Choose the Right Plants

Plant selection in your garden and the space surrounding your home can play an important role in protecting your property, and your neighborhood, during a wildfire.  FIRESafe MARIN pioneered the concept of a "fire safe" plant list in the early 1990s, partnering with the University of California to develop a list of fire-resistant landscaping plants specific to Marin county, and northern California's mediterranean climate.  

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Download the New "Ready for Wildfire" App!

THE READY FOR WILDFIRE MOBILE APP IS NOW AVAILABLE!

FIRESafe MARIN loves the new "Ready for Wildfire" app, published by our partners at CAL FIRE.  Available for iOS and Android, this app is a great tool for any California resident concerned about wildfires.

DOWNLOAD HERE  Features include:

Checklists with steps for:

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