Fire Season is Here

Marin residents need to prepare today for the 2020 wildfire season. Follow FIRESafe MARIN for resources, tips, and tools to prepare your family and home for wildfire.


Join FIRESAfe MARIN for our new webinar series, "Living With Fire in Marin." 2020 webinars will be held monthly, with opportunities for Q&A and discussion with leading experts in wildfire preparedness, evacuation, landscaping, home hardening, and more. Recordings will be posted online for later viewing. Webinars can be watched live via Zoom or on Facebook Live.

August 25, 2020: Surviving a Wildfire Evacuation
Battalion Chief Todd Lando (Central Marin FD); Dr. Shannamar Dewey (Camp Fire Evacuee & Survivor) discuss wildfire survival and evacuation strategies.

03 November 2020
Plant Spacing in the Defensible Landscape. A fire-smart gardening tip from UC Marin Master Gardeners. Space trees and shrubs in your garden to minimize the transmission of fire from one plant to anoth...
30 September 2020
Right Plant, Right Place U C Marin Master Gardeners always say to plant the “right plant in the right place” as a formula for success. In a fire-smart landscape there are no fire-resistant plants, sin...
14 September 2020
Maintaining a Fire-Smart Landscape Fall is a great time to do fire-smart maintenance. Here are some tips from UC Marin Master Gardeners: Check gutters, roof, eaves, vents, and chimney for leaf and nee...
10 August 2020
As wildfires surged in 2017 and 2018 those of us in the climate and environmental community focused on the connection between wildfires and climate change. We noticed heat waves, melting snow earlier ...

Marin WIldfire Prevention Authority

Marin voters passed Measure C in March 2020, creating the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA).  This streamlined public agency brings nearly every community in Marin (Belvedere and Tiburon excluded) together in a coordinated effort to reduce Marin's wildfire risk.

Look for programs and projects beginning summer 2020.

NEW! Watch FIRESafe MARIN's Video Series

Fire-Smart Landscaping

Zone-Zero: noncombustible zone

Biodiversity & Pollinators

Wildfire Evacuation Preparedness

Califonia's recent wildfires reinforce the importance of preparedness. When a wildfire strikes, seconds count. If you live in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), you must be prepared to evacuate at all times during fire-season. In cooperation with the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association, we've developed a simple guide to help Marin residents prepare for and safely evacuate.

Firewise USA

Organizing Marin Neighborhoods for Wildfire Preparedness. Marin is the #1 Firewise USA county in the nation!

FIRESafe MARIN can help your neighborhood achieve Firewise USA recognition. Some insurance companies offer substantial discounts for Firewise communities!

Firewise USA is a program that empowers residents to work together to reduce their wildfire risk. Marin has more Firewise USA recognized neighborhoods than any other county in California, with more than 40,000 neighbors and 16,000 homes taking action to the risk of wildfire.


Marin neighborhoods have achieved Firewise USA recognition to date!


A fire resistant home must utilize ember resistant design, ignition resistant materials, and routine maintenance to provide protection during a wildfire.  Simple and often inexpensive design choices can protect a home during even the most destructive wildfires.

Defensible Space

Your home's first line of defense against an approaching wildfire. 100' of Defensible Space is required by law to help slow or stop the spread of wildfire, protecting your home from direct flame contact and radiant heat, and catching or redirecting wind blown embers.

Fire Weather & Red Flag Warnings

Weather and climate play major roles in the development and spread of wildfires. Of the three major components making up a fire's environment (Fuel, Weather, and Topography), weather is the most important, and it is continuously changing.

Weather conditions that contribute to wildfires can be measured and predicted. Fire agencies monitor weather conditions daily and use indexes and forecasts to make decisions about how to fight fires and how to prevent new fires from igniting.  Residents and visitors to areas where wildfires are likely to occur should be aware of current and predicted weather conditions, and take additional actions to prepare their family, home, and community when risk is elevated.

Plants & Landscaping

Your home may be both beautiful AND fire resistant with careful selection of plants and landscaping features.
Marin CWPP Cover

Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

FIRESafe MARIN is pleased to announce the countywide adoption of the 2016 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan.  This document represents several years 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, and provides a framework for future mitigation efforts.

CWPP: Fuels and Wildfire Modeling

FIRESafe MARIN funded the develpment of state-of-the-art GIS, and computer fuel (vegetation) and fire modeling techniques provide unique insight and planning tools to better allocate mitigation funding and prepare communities for the inevitable wildfire.
  • GIS

    Spatial Distribution of Vegetation, Development, Infrastructure
  • LiDAR

    Identification of vegetation types, height, and spacing
  • Modeling

    Flame length and rate of spread under differing weather conditions

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