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Funding Opportunity: 2015 Western States WUI Grant Program

The 2015 Western States Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) grant program is now accepting applications!  Funding is available for hazardous fuel reduction, prevention/education, and planning projects.  The deadline to submit applications to Cal Fire Units and Contract County contacts is JULY 16, 2014.  For detailed information and instructions on how to apply, visit the Cal Fire website: http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/fireplan/fireplanning.php.

Applicants must meet the grant criteria and eligibility. All grant application must meet the 50/50 (“dollar for dollar”) match requirement. Applicants should carefully read the instructions and consult with their local contact (Northern CA & Southern CA) if they have questions.

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Virtual workshop to address roof ignition concerns

Firewise Virtual Workshop: Understanding How Embers Ignite Roofs in a Wildland Fire and How to Make Your Roof More Survivable.

Join Firewise Communities/USA® residents throughout the country in a special virtual workshop event! The one-hour format includes a thirty minute presentation by a subject matter expert followed by a thirty minute live “Ask an Expert” interactive opportunity for pre-selected homeowners to ask a question related to the session’s topic. This unique learning format provides wildland/urban interface homeowners with information on how to make important mitigation modifications at their homes. Participation is limited to the first 100 registrants. Mark your calendars for the next “Ask an Expert” Virtual Workshop and join us August 19 at 2pm MDT for Mulch Combustibility – Choosing the Right Type for Your Wildland/Urban Interface Home. Pre-registration information will be available following the July 15 session.

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USAA Provides Policyholder Discounts in California

The California Department of Insurance has approved a filing by USAA to give homeowners insurance discounts to USAA members living in communities recognized by the Firewise Communities/USA® program.  This discount applies to policies issuing or renewing on or after October 1st 2014.

What is USAA?  

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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, 2014
9:00 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.
 
This report summarizes the uncontained large fires across the United States and the resources assigned to them. 
 
This 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. 
 
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 Seashore
  • Bayview / Limantour Bishop Pine Thinning
  • Estero Prescribed Fire
  • Highway One Prescribed Fire
  • Bolinas Ridge Fuel Break
Golden Gate NRA
  • Tamalpais Valley Eucalyptus Thinning
  • Marinview Fuel Reduction
  • Fort Barry Eucalyptus Thinning
  • Coral Reef Eucalyptus Thinning
John Muir National Historic Site
  • Mount Wanda Fire Access Mowing
  • Mount Wanda Perimeter Defensible Space
Pinnacles National Park
  • Park Facilities Defensible Space
  • Bear Valley Roadside Fuel Reduction

Fire-related maintenance projects

  • Golden Gate NRA - Boundary Mowing, Rancho Corral de Tierra
  • Point 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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