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Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 3: Expand Your Defensible Space

Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 3: Expand Your Defensible Space

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 3: Expand Your Defensible Space

Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. It’s the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it.  This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects your home from catching fire – either from direct flame contact or radiant heat.  Defensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home, and it's required by law!

Creating an area of defensible space does not mean you need a ring of bare dirt around your home.  It does not mean you need to remove all of the trees on your property.  It does, however require some planning and upkeep.  With proper planning, you can have both a beautiful drought resistant, low water landscape and a fire safe home.

The defensible space concept is simple: that trees should be limbed up, spaced out, and kept further from your house; shrubs can be closer, but should be kept low and spaced; bedding plants and lawns may be nearest the house.  The use of "hardscaping" like retaining walls, pathways, and clean space near the home will beautify your property and add the finishing touch on a well planned defensible space.

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FIRESafe MARIN Programs and Services

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FIRESafe MARIN offers a variety of programs to assist Marin residents, homeowners, landowners, business owners, and stakeholders assistance and information related to wildfire prevention and preparedness.  

We offer community assistance through our Chipper Program, and work with fire and land management agencies managing grants and private funds to conduct hazardous vegetation removal projects throughout Marin.  In 2015, FIRESafe MARIN worked with PG&E and Marin County Fire Department to install a state-of-the-art Wildfire Detection Camera System.  In 2016, we again partnered with Marin County Fire Department and Cal Fire to complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

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Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 2: Cut Your Grass!

Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 2: Cut Your Grass!
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 2: Cut Your Grass!

Marin's grasslands provide the fuel for our most frequent and fast moving wildfires.  Dry grass is particularly susceptible to ignition -  carelessly dropped cigarettes, illegal fireworks, mower blades, and hot car mufflers frequently ignite grass fires.  These fast-moving fires damage and destroy homes every year in California and Marin, often in the first few minutes of a wildfire before firefighters arrive.

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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days: Friday & Saturday, May 5-6

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Chipper Days: May 5 & 6 (DROP-OFF ONLY)

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, with Ross Valley Fire Department and FIRESafe MARIN will conduct four chipper days in 2017!   The first will be a DROP-OFF chipper day this Friday and Saturday, May 5 & 6, 2017.   Sleepy Hollow residents can clean up their property to create defensible space and bring us your cut material - we'll dispose of the vegetation at no cost to you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

2017 Sleepy Hollow Chipper Day ScheduleMay 5 & 6, 2017DROP-OFF ONLYTime(s): 10AM-2PM (May 5) 9AM-3PM (May 6)Location: End of Butterfield Rd.No registration required July 1-2, 2017Curbside Pick-UpTime: 9AM-4PMLocation: At the curbside in front of your home.Online registration required! (Registration begins June 1) August 26-27, 2017 (tentative)Curbside Pick-UpTime: 9AM-4PMLocation: At the curbside in front of your home.Online registration required! (Registration begins August 1) October 7, 2017 (to coincide with the creek clean up)DROP-OFF ONLYTime: 9AM-3PMLocation: End of Butterfield Rd.No registration required THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2016 CHIPPER DAYS.  YOUR EFFORTS HELPED SLEEPY HOLLOW ACHIEVE NATIONAL FIREWISE COMMUNITY RECOGNITION!

For questions about the chipping service, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 1: Clean Your Roof and Gutters!

Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 1: Clean Your Roof and Gutters!
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 1: Clean Your Roof and Rain Gutters!

The single most effective step you can take to protect your home TODAY is to clean all leaves, needles, and debris from your roof and rain gutters!  The most vulnerable part of your home is typically the roof.  Although Class "A" roof construction, required in most Marin jurisdictions for nearly 20 years, is more resistant to fire, even a small handful of leaves or needles can ignite your "fire resistant" roofing.  Fire inspectors find that most homeowners do not properly maintain their roofs, leaving Marin's neighborhoods vulnerable to wildfires.

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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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