FIRESafe MARIN is pleased to announce the publication of the 2016 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This document represents more than a year of work by a diverse group of community stakeholders, fire officials, and wildfire science experts to produce an updated CWPP which broadly addresses wildfire risk and hazard in Marin County and provides a framework for future mitigation efforts.
What is a 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.
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).
Marin County will reduce 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.
This document provides a framework for future 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 the Marin County Fire Department (MCFD) in collaboration with a broader group of county stakeholders.
This document is also intended to support 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.
The Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan was developed through a collaborative process during a year-long process with input from public and governmental stakeholders.
Sonoma Technology, Inc (STI)
Development of the Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Clients: FIRESafe MARIN, Marin County Fire Department
With California experiencing one of the most severe droughts in decades and dealing with a massive accumulation of fuel (vegetation available to burn), STI worked with FIRESafe MARIN and the Marin County Fire Department (MCFD) to develop the Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The CWPP provides a framework to help mitigate wildfire hazard in Marin County, California. The CWPP provides a scientifically based assessment of wildfire risks in the county’s wildland-urban interface (WUI), and includes an action plan with goals and recommendations.Marin County is home to 23 communities listed on CAL FIRE’s
Marin County is home to 23 communities listed on CAL FIRE’s Communities at Risk list, and approximately 80% of the land area in the county is designated as having moderate to very high fire hazard severity ratings. Structures located in the WUI—where homes are intermixed with open space and wildland vegetation—are at the highest risk from wildfires due to the density of vegetation and limited access for firefighters. A recent assessment by the MCFD revealed there are approximately 69,000 living units valued at $59 billion within Marin County’s WUI. Proper planning and collaboration across the County’s fire districts is essential to protect these residents and their property.During the CWPP development process, STI and FireSAFE MARIN sought input from the county’s 20 fire agencies and associations and held a series of public meetings to make sure the concerns of County residents were integrated into the CWPP. STI’s team of wildfire science experts used fire behavior modeling to develop a hazard, asset, and risk assessment using high-resolution fuels information to identify areas of
During the CWPP development process, STI and FireSAFE MARIN sought input from the county’s 20 fire agencies and associations and held a series of public meetings to make sure the concerns of County residents were integrated into the CWPP. STI’s team of wildfire science experts used fire behavior modeling to develop a hazard, asset, and risk assessment using high-resolution fuels information to identify areas of significant fire hazard. FireSAFE MARIN and its stakeholders then created an action plan with key goals and action items for continued fire protection planning efforts throughout the county.