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Wildfires Raging Across Northern California - ARE YOU PREPARED?

Marin County firefighters are fighting fires across northern California today, following a week of intense fire activity.  A fast moving wildfire in Weed, near Mt Shasta, burned more than 200 homes in a few hours, devastating nearly half of the town.  The King Fire near Tahoe tripled in size yesterday, and has forced more than 2000 evacuations.  Marin firefighters are currently assisting on both of these devastating fires.

FIRESafe MARIN reminds all Marin residents that the danger is particularly severe right in your backyard!  Take time today to complete simple steps to prepare your home, even if you've already created your required "Defensible Space."  

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Kent Woodlands Wildfire Highlights Fire Danger

A vegetation fire of one acre was contained by firefighters Wednesday, September 10, 2014, on Hillside Avenue in the Kent Woodland’s neighborhood.  No homes were damanged, and no injuries were reported.  Although temperatures were warm, easy access, low winds, and relatively high humidity allowed firefighters to control the fire quickly.  Firefighters know that due to the extreme drought conditions, Marin's vegetation is at critically low fuel moisture levels - a fire like this on a day with even moderate winds could spell disaster for all of the communities built around the base of Mt Tamalpais.

FIRESafe MARIN and our partner agencies are working on vegetation management projects in the area in our ongoing effort to improve the survivability of Marin's hillside neighborhoods in the event of a wildfire.  Our efforts depend on the cooperation of all homeowners throught the creation of Defensible Space (it's the law!) and community level preparedness.

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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

2014 NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH (NPM)

"Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare"

During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1-30th.

What you can do to promote National Preparedness Month:

www.ready.gov/september

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FIRESafe MARIN Working on Record Number of Wildfire Safety Projects in Marin

2014 has been one of FIRESafe MARIN's most successful years in history, with more than $486,000 in grants awarded.  Our fuel reduction efforts in 2014 have spanned the entire County, from West Marin to Sausalito, involving thousands of volunteer hours and dozens of state, federal, and local public land management agencies, private homeowner's associations, businesses, PG&E, and every Marin fire agency.  This is a partial list of projects funded in 2014.

King Mountain Fire Fuel Reduction                               

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $60,000

Fire Lookouts: Remote Fire Sensing Cameras

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $207,000

Mt. Tamalpais Wildland Urban Interface Fuel Break Project

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN       
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $80,000

Woodland Avenue Invasive Vegetation Removal

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $20,000     

FIRESafe MARIN Chipper Day Program          

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $30,000

Community Based Defensible Space Program (Chipper)

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: USDA Forest Service/State Fire Assistance, California Fire Safe Council
  • Grant: $133,772
  • Chipper projects to date (2014):
    • Country Club San Rafael
    • West End Neighborhood Association
    • Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department
    • Sleepy Hollow
    • Fairhills Property Owner's Association
    • Indian Valley Association
    • Tamalpais Community Services District
    • Homestead Valley - Pixie Trail
    • Homestead Valley - Madrone Park Circle

Puerto Suello Hill Fuel Reduction                               

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $60,000
  • Grant number: NOR-00131
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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Day: August 24, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will sponsor a “Chipper Day” for all residents of Sleepy Hollow.  To participate, you must sign up through our SHFPD's new website at www.shfpd.org/chipper-request.  Chipper crews will visit your property and dispose of cut vegetation at no cost.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FREE CHIPPING!

1. Create Defensible Space (it's the law!)

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents should have received a printed copy by mail in early August, 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here...  This new booklet contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping in Sleepy Hollow.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org. The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291). 

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Defensible Space Helps Protect Tam Valley Homes From Wednesday Night Grass Fires

The Marin IJ profiled a Defensible Space sucess story in Marin last night, when two vegetation fires burned near homes in Tam Valley.

Residents who cleared brush from around their homes on a Tamalpais Valley hillside were credited with helping prevent two grass fires from engulfing the neighborhood Wednesday evening.

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Mill Valley Chipper Days: July 28 - August 1, 2014

In an effort to help you reduce wildfire danger around your home, Mill Valley Fire Department will have a chipper machine and a crew working in several neighborhoods from July 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014.

The following streets are scheduled for the chipper program from July 28 - August 1:

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Sheep Help Reduce Fire Danger in Terra Linda

The Marin Independent Journal recently profiled the use of sheep in Terra Linda in an effort to reduce vegetation fuels near homes.  Goats, and less commonly sheep, are increasingly used as a cost effective and environmentally friendly tool in the effort to maintain vegetation and reduce wildfire danger.

Across the road from where a suspected arson fire threatened two Terra Linda neighborhoods in June, a herd of sheep is munching on dry grass as part of an effort to prevent anymore fires in the area.

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Be Fire Safe, Even When Clearing Defensible Space!

Hundreds of fires are started each year by power tools.   If you live in a wildland area, use extreme caution during fire season.  Lawn mowers, string trimmers, chain saws, grinders, welders, and tractors can all start fires if not used properly.

Mowing:  Striking  rocks can create sparks  and start fireas in dry grass. Use caution, mow only early in the day (before 10AM, when the weather is calm, cool, and moist). 

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Napa Wildfire Burns Homes, Forces Mandatory Evacuations

A massive wildfire burning in a remote area of Napa and Lake counties grew to 3,200 acres by Wednesday morning, threatening nearly 400 homes after destroying at least five Tuesday.

More than 1,000 firefighters, including dozens from Marin, are assigned to fight the "Butts Fire" from land and air as residents choked from smoke-filled skies and prayed that Tuesday's winds and warm temperatures would give way to cooler weather on Wednesday.

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