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Marin Wildfires Highlight Extreme Fire Danger

Two wildfires Friday and Saturday August 14 and 15 highlight Marin's wildfire danger, as dozens of large fires burn across California and the western US.  Friday afternoon, a two acre vegetation fire burned in San Rafael near the Northgate Mall, threatening structures as firefighters arrived.  Arson is suspected in the San Rafael fire.  Earlier today, a vegetation fire ignited near the Bon Tempe water treatment plant above Phoenix Lake in Ross.  Firefighters contained the fire at just 1/8 acre despite the hot, dry conditions.

Fire Managers in the Marin County Fire Department Emergency Command Center in Woodacre were able to locate and monitor the Phoenix Lake fire using Marin's Wildfire Detection Camera System.

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Marin Smoke Information

Marin Smoke Information

FIRESafe MARIN is fielding numerous questions from concerned citizens regarding smoke in Marin and the Bay Area.   The US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey California reports that smoke from Trinity area fires and other Northern California fires has drifted slightly east and south overnight and in the early morning hours and continues to do so. Reports have been coming in across the Bay Area and winds look to be somewhat consistent today, so it is hard to tell when the smoke may dissipate or get blown out of the area. The cool down and return of onshore breezes on Monday may be the ticket, but changes in wind pattern tomorrow may also help. Hard to tell at this point, but we hope you all are dealing with the haze and smoke in a safe manner. Any suffering from asthma may want to get inside, but smoke levels aren't expected to become very heavy.

Current Fire Information

Many people have asked for information on the status of current wildfires.  A good resource for finding current fire information is CAL Fire (http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current) for fires on state lands,  or Inciweb (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/5/#) for fires on federal lands.  These websites will not typically provide details on small wildfires in Marin, and our local fire agencies often do not have the resources to update their websites during fires.  Local evacuation and incident information is provided by the Marin County Office of Emergency Services and Sheriff's office.  Local fires that do not trigger evacuations will typically be noted on the FIRESafe MARIN or local fire department's website the following day.

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KRON 4 Profiles Marin Wildfire Detection Cameras; Cameras Monitor Marin Fires

KRON 4 Profiles Marin Wildfire Detection Cameras; Cameras Monitor Marin Fires

Marin's new wildfire detection camera system was profiled Friday by the Bay Area's KRON4 News.  August 14 and 15, the high-tech system was used by Marin's fire service to monitor and locate wildfires in San Rafael and Ross.  Each wildfire was contained quickly, despite hot, dry conditions.

MARIN COUNTY (KRON) — Marin County Firefighters have a new tool to spot and fight wildfires.

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Marin Magazine Highlights Wildfire Detection System

Marin Magazine Highlights Wildfire Detection System

FIRESafe MARIN and Marin County Fire Department's remote fire detection camera system was featured in the July issue of Marin Magazine!

The July issue has been delivered, and their digital edition is available online. Click here to read the Marin Magazine digital edition article...

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Marin IJ and FIRESafe MARIN: Play it Safe during fire season!

Marin IJ and FIRESafe MARIN: Play it Safe during fire season!

Check out today's Home and Garden/Fine Living Section for tips on fire safe living in Marin this fire season!  There’s a risk of wildfire every summer, but due to the prolonged drought, 2015 has the potential to be Marin's worst fire season in 20 years.

Read more in the Marin IJ...  http://www.marinij.com/lifestyle/20150703/pj-bremiers-fine-living-play-it-safe-during-fire-season

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Happy 4th of July! REMEMBER - ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN MARIN!

Happy 4th of July!  REMEMBER - ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN MARIN!

FIRESafe MARIN wishes all Marin residents a safe and happy 4th of July.  We hope you enjoy one of the many specatcular firework displays in the Bay Area, and remind all residents and vistors that ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN MARIN COUNTY!

It is ILLEGAL to possess or discharge fireworks of ANY KIND in Marin County. The law is strictly enforced.  Any person who accidentally starts a wildfire with fireworks may be imprisoned and held liable for the full cost of fighting the fire and any resulting damage.

Marin County Police and Fire personnel are on the watch for illegal fireworks. Persons involved with the sale or use of fireworks are subject to prosecution. Each year citizens are killed and thousands sustain moderate to life changing injuries as reported by emergency rooms across the nation. Hands, eyes, heads, faces and ears are body parts frequently injured by contusion, laceration and foreign bodies in the eyes being very common. Non-fatal injuries range from scarring burns to blindness. Injuries are not the only reason fireworks are illegal. We are in the beginning of severe fire weather with a large vegetation fuel load surrounding us.  Marin has already experienced fireworks related fires this year. It does not matter if they are the "safe & sane" fireworks that may be legal in other parts of the state: ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN MARIN COUNTY.

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Sleepy Hollow Hosts Free Chipper Days in June

To help dispose of the large amounts of cut materials, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District will hold four scheduled chipper days in June 2015 (June 13, 14, 20, 21).  Crews will visit your address to dispose of larger materials that won't fit in your green waste cans (1"-6" diameter limbs, brush, branches, etc).

This free green-waste disposal is available to residents of Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District only. If you live outside of the district, please inquire at www.firesafemarin.org for upcoming chipper days at your address.

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Fairfax Chipper Days: June - September

Fairfax Chipper Days: June - September

Town of Fairfax will host neighborhood Chipper Days each month from June to September, 2015.  This is a community drop off at a central location (see schedule, below).  Sponsored by the Town of Fairfax, Fairfax Volunteers, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN.

Cascade Neighborhood

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West Marin & Nicasio - Free Green Waste Days: June 20-21, July 11-12, 2015

West Marin & Nicasio - Free Green Waste Days: June 20-21, July 11-12, 2015

Saturday and Sunday

June 20-21 and July 11-12, 2015

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Muir Woods Park - Free Green Waste Days: July 11-12, 2015

Muir Woods Park - Free Green Waste Days: July 11-12, 2015

Saturday and Sunday

July 11-12, 2015

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