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Extreme Drought Worsens Marin Fire Danger

After three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall, California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades.  Governor Jerry Brown has called for Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent voluntarily, and mandatory rationing could be ordered soon so that homes, businesses and farms don’t run dry over the summer.  Wildfire danger is unusually high across California, with higher than normal fire danger in Marin County, which is classified as "Extreme Drought," the second-highest classification.

Marin County Fire Managers anticipate that the wildland firefighting community will be engaged in more and longer wildfires this year: the little rain we did receive kept large fuel sources (trees) dry while quickly rebuilding the more volatile inventory of ground grasses which have consequently now cured already. Soil moisture typically dampens temperature increases, but because the ground is so dry, ambient temperatures will tend to be warmer this summer.  The result is a landscape primed to burn with diminished supplies of water to fight fire.

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Green Waste Days: June and July 2014

FREE YARD WASTE AND VEGETATION DISPOSAL - In Nicasio, across from Nicasio Corporation Yard.

UPDATED:  July 12-13, 20149:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Online Wildfire Updates and Information

Wildfire information and updates on current fires are available from several online sources. National Interagency Coordination Center Situation ReportThis report summarizes the uncontained large fires across the United States and the resources assigned to them.  National Incidents - Inciweb Incident Information SystemThis information system provides information, photos, maps and updates about wildfires and prescribed fires across the United States. Other incident information (hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.) may be posted here as well.  CAL Fire Incident Information This information system provides information on large fires in California.   When planning your summer travels, remember to consider fire danger, fire permits, fire restrictions, trail closures, road closures and possible smoke.... Have a safe fire season!  
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NPS Fire Crews Gear up for 2014 Season

May 7th kicked off the 2014 season with an emphasis on lessons learned from the tragic loss of 19 firefighters during the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona last year.  "Why did they leave the black?..."  was the unanswered, thought-provoking question that everyone who took the class walked away with. The "black" refers to an area which has already burned, and can provide a safety zone during a wildfire because its fuel has already been consumed.  Flaming front visible from Hwy 89, Yarnell Hill Fire, 2013The National Park Service S.F. Bay Area Network Fire Program consists of a 12-person hand crew,  a 5-person engine crew, leadership, and support staff who will be tasked with a series of fuel reduction projects, while also being ready to respond to wildfires. These resources are augmented with other local crews from Marin County Fire Department and Conservation Corps North Bay who complete park projects through cooperative agreements. Park maintenance divisions also play an important role in reducing fire hazards. Preliminary 2014 fuels management project list:

Point Reyes National SeashoreBayview / Limantour Bishop Pine ThinningEstero Prescribed FireHighway One Prescribed FireBolinas Ridge Fuel BreakGolden Gate NRATamalpais Valley Eucalyptus ThinningMarinview Fuel ReductionFort Barry Eucalyptus ThinningCoral Reef Eucalyptus ThinningJohn Muir National Historic SiteMount Wanda Fire Access MowingMount Wanda Perimeter Defensible SpacePinnacles National ParkPark Facilities Defensible SpaceBear Valley Roadside Fuel ReductionFire-related maintenance projectsGolden Gate NRA - Boundary Mowing, Rancho Corral de TierraPoint Reyes National Seashore - Roadside Mowing, Limantour Project details will be announced soon when the 2014 work plan is finalized.   
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Welcome to FIRESafe MARIN

Welcome to our NEW website for 2014!  

Our Mission

FIRESafe MARIN is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing Wildland Fire hazards and improving Fire-safety awareness in Marin County, California.  We foster community involvement by building partnerships and providing resources for mitigating fire danger.

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