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Marin Community Wildfire Forum: May 4

Marin Community Wildfire Forum

Please join us May 4, 2019 at 10AM at Embassy Suites in San Rafael for a FREE community presentation and panel discussion on wildfire preparedness, with an introduction to important new efforts that will elp make Marin more wildfire resilient.  We'll have tables and booths representing a variety of stakeholders, contractors, and agency representatives of agancies and industries who play a role in Marin's wildfire readiness.

What: Opening with a special guest presentation from a Camp Fire evacuation survivor, the Marin Wildfire Forum will look at prevention and preparedness through a countywide lens. Representatives from local government, fire agencies, land managers, emergency services, law enforcement, community leaders and wildfire experts will update residents on progress to date, work to come, and future needs. Residents will learn what they can do to protect their homes and what we can do together to make Marin as wildfire safe and emergency ready as possible.

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Check Out Our Upcoming Events!

FIRESafe MARIN recently added an "events' page to our informative website, listing upcoming events, seminars, workshops, and more.  Take a look at www.firesafemarin.org/events for current and upcoming listings, and check back often. 

Highlights

  • Our popular education program has been updated and renamed for 2019.  The new "Living With Fire" seminars will be offered in 30, 60, and 90 minute formats throughout the year, and may require pre-registration for attendance.  Multiple sessions are already online in April and May (Seminars are currently scheduled for April 25, April 29, May 5, May 7).
  • Don't miss the May 4 Marin Community Wildfire Forum at Embassy Suites in San Rafael.  This important event should should be on the calendar for all Marin residents concerned about wildfire and who want to learn what your fire departments and public partners are doing to reduce our risk.
  • On May 8, the "FIRESTORM: Wildfires and Climate Change " forum will include experts and panelists in a discussion about climate change and its role in driving wildfires. 
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Firestorm: Wildfires and Climate Change - May 8

Firestorm: Wildfires and Climate Change - May 8

FIRESTORM: WILDFIRES AND CLIMATE CHANGE - A Public Forum

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM
San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael

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Western Oaks Village in Novato Receives Firewise USA Recognition

WOVA Firewise Committee

FIRESafe MARIN is pleased to welcome Western Oaks Village in Novato as Marin's newest Firewise USA site.

Western Oaks Village Association(WOVA) consists of 322 multi family homes within 80 acres. The complex was built in 3 phases from 1973 to 1990.  

The homes are interspersed with vegetation including fine fuel, tall grasses, French Broom, all sizes of shrubs, and trees. The site has between 900-1000 trees, and is a classic WUI environment. 

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Marin Receives 3 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Awards

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

3 Marin Firewise USA sites applied for grants from the NFPA and State Farm for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day projects.  All three grants were awarded through a competitive voting process, with the Marin support of FIRESafe MARIN's subscriber votes.

Grants were awarded to:

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Vote For Marin Firewise Projects in Your Neighborhood!

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We need your daily votes for the next 2 weeks!

WIldfire Community Preparedness Day is May 4, 2019.  FIRESafe MARIN is helping spearhead local projects in neighborhoods all over Marin that day.  Several neighborhoods applied for special grant funding from State Farm Insurance and the NFPA to help support their projects that day.

Projects are selected based on the number of votes they receive!  Help us by voting for Marin's efforts!  You can vote once per day, per device!  Vote daily from now until March 1

Manor Hill, Fairfax: Project Overview

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Wildfire Safety and Vegetation Management Workshop For Contractors: March 19

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You're invited to join us for Marin's first FREE "Wildfire Safety and Vegetation Management Workshop For Contractors" to help Marin's many Green Industry professionals, including - TREE SERVICES, ARBORISTS, AND LANDSCAPERS - better understand Marin's wildfire risk, defensible space laws, and best practices for creating a wildfire resistant landscape.

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Want to Organize Your Neighborhood for Wildfire Preparedness?

Friday March 8 2019 Firewise Workshop

Are you a neighborhood leader? Join us for a Firewise Workshop March 8, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019 from 9am-11am, FIRESafe MARIN will host a community workshop to help Marin neighborhoods organize to achieve Firewise USA® recognition. Learn about the benefits and challenges of the Firewise USA® program and how it might fit for your for your neighborhood, while preparing a plan to help your community survive a wildfire. We'll have representatives on-hand from every Marin fire department, land management agencies like MMWD and Open Space, PG&E, and others to help you understand Marin's wildfire risk and develop a neighborhood-scale plan to address the risk. The NFPA's Firewise USA® program is a process that empowers neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Join the growing network of more than 1,500 recognized Firewise USA® sites/communities (including 30 32 neighborhoods in Marin, more than any other county in California!) taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.

This seminar is intended for neighborhood leaders interested in organizing a Firewise effort in their community - it's not a class for individual homeowners looking for wildfire safety tips. Look for homeowner preparedness classes beginning spring 2019 at www.firesafemarin.org!

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2019 Firewise USA Workshop: March 8

Friday, March 8, 2019 Firewise Workshop

Friday, March 8, 2019 from 9am-11am, FIRESafe MARIN will host a community workshop to help Marin neighborhoods organize to achieve Firewise USA® recognition. Learn about the benefits and challenges of the Firewise USA® program and how it might fit for your for your neighborhood, while preparing a plan to help your community survive a wildfire. We'll have representatives on-hand from every Marin fire department, land management agencies like MMWD and Open Space, PG&E, and others to help you understand Marin's wildfire risk and develop a neighborhood-scale plan to address the risk. The NFPA's Firewise USA® program is a process that empowers neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Join the growing network of more than 1,500 recognized Firewise USA® sites/communities (including 30 neighborhoods in Marin, more than any other county in California!) taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.

This seminar is intended for neighborhood leaders interested in organizing a Firewise effort in their community - it's not a class for individual homeowners looking for wildfire safety tips. Look for homeowner preparedness classes beginning spring 2019 at www.firesafemarin.org!

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Quick Tips: Takeaways from the Camp Fire in Butte County

Camp Fire Evacuation

2017 and 2018 have marked a year of lessons learned for communities and firefighters across California.  In 2017, less than 1 year ago, the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa broke the record for homes destroyed by a single wildfire in modern US history.  One month later, the Thomas Fire in Southern California became the largest wildfire in California history.  Those records didn't last long.  The Camp Fire in Butte County started two days ago and is now the most destructive wildfire - burning nearly 7,000 12,000 19,000 structures (13,972 residences, 528 commercial and 4,293 other buildings) and destroying an entire city in just a few hours.  The 2018 Mendocino Complex fires shattered the Thomas fire's record after only 8 months, burning almost 3 times the area of what is now the second largest California fire.

While it's too early to know exactly what we'll learn from the Camp Fire, stories coming home from the front-lines reinforce a few important points about evacuations and protecting homes.

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