CWPP Update Process
2020 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Update
The Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) provides a scientifically based assessment of wildfire hazard and threat to homes in the wildland urban interface (WUI) of Marin County, California. The last version of the Marin CWPP was published in 2016 and has recently been updated. The updated version of the CWPP was developed through a collaborative process involving Marin County fire agencies, county officials, county, state, and federal land management agencies, and community members.
The purpose of the CWPP is to provide fire agencies, land managers, and other stakeholders in Marin County with guidance and strategies to reduce fire hazard and the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the WUI, while promoting the protection and enhancement of the county’s economic assets and ecological resources.
The North Bay fires of 2017 raised awareness of the potential vulnerabilities and fire hazard in Marin. In 2017, the Marin County Board of Supervisors published a report that discussed the lessons learned from the 2017 North Bay fires. In 2019, the Marin Civil Grand Jury published a report entitled Wildfire Preparedness: A New Approach, that described a more proactive and consistent approach to public education, wildfire preparedness, and vegetation management for Marin County. Following the Grand Jury report, in March 2020, tax Measure C was passed. The measure will raise approximately $20 million annually to fund wildland fire hazard mitigation efforts throughout the county. Following the passage of Measure C in March 2020, the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) was formed to serve as the governing body to manage the funds raised through Measure C.
In 2018, the One Tam agency partners—the Marin Municipal Water District, Marin County Parks, the National Park Service, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation—initiated development of a Marin countywide fine-scale vegetation map and landscape database. As part of this CWPP update, the new vegetation data was used to develop an updated fuel model data set for the county. These data sets are used as inputs for fire behavior models, which predict potential fire behavior and identify areas that may be potentially hazardous if a fire were to occur.
Using geographic information system (GIS) analyses, county-level and parcel-level fire hazard assessments were performed. The results of these analyses can be used to identify areas and communities that are at greatest risk of being negatively impacted by wildfires. The CWPP concludes with a discussion of mitigation strategies, and recommendations to (1) educate and prepare residents for wildland fires and (2) reduce fire hazard.
The first table in the report following the Executive Summary entitled “Plan Updates” lists updates that have been made to the 2020 CWPP. This CWPP update was funded by the Marin County Fire Department (MCFD) and a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to support the Marin County Hazard Mitigation Plan.
A draft of the updated 2020 CWPP is available for review and comment. Please use the comment function in Google Docs to suggest edits. The maps shown in the CWPP document will be available for viewing online soon. The 2016 Marin CWPP is available on the FIRESafe MARIN website (https://www.firesafemarin.org/cwpp).
Archives: 2016 Update
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.
What is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)?
A CWPP serves as a framework to prioritize future wildfire hazard protection, develop actions to reduce structural ignitability, and identify and prioritize potential fuel treatment, hazard mitigation, and restoration projects.
Complete: Public Meetings
FIRESafe MARIN, Marin County Fire Department, and our CWPP partners hosted four public meetings October 12, 13, 14, 15, 2015
Marin County Fire Department & FIRESafe MARIN are actively working to complete an update to the 2005 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
All interested parties were invited to attend one of four CWPP public meetings:
What can I expect at the public meeting?
Our team of wildfire scientists, fire officials, public land managers, and community volunteers will present the current state of wildfire science in Marin, and facilitate discussion and input to identify and prioritize potential projects.
Marin County Fire Department and FIRESafe MARIN seek to work with the public and stakeholders to identify areas of hazard and concern, and to work collaboratively to develop wildfire hazard mitigation solutions and guidelines that will be documented in an updated CWPP.
Complete: Stakeholder Meeting: September 28, 2015
Open to agency and group representatives only. (Public meeting dates are October. 12, 13, 14, 15. See below for details)
FIRESafe MARIN seeks to work with stakeholders in Marin County to identify areas of fire hazard and concern, and to work collaboratively to come up with wildfire hazard mitigation solutions that will be documented in an updated CWPP. The CWPP will serve as a framework to prioritize future wildfire hazard protection, develop actions to reduce structural ignitability, and identify and prioritize potential fuel treatment, hazard mitigation, and restoration projects. Qualified representatives from agencies or group are invited to attend the CWPP Stakeholder meeting (this is not a public meeting - public meetings will be held in October 2015):
Monday, September 28 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Marin County Sheriff's Assembly Room
1600 Los Gamos Road, Suite 200, 2nd Floor
San Rafael, CA 94903
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CWPP Update: Process
FIRESafe Marin (FSM) requested proposals in April 2015 from qualified consulting firms to assist with updating the 2005 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and consolidate the Unit Strategic Fire Plan to create a CWPP compliant Unit Fire Plan. The updated CWPP will serve as a framework to prioritize future wildfire hazard protection among community stakeholders and foster a county-wide collaborative approach to reduce wildfire risk and hazards. This CWPP will develop actions to reduce structural ignitability and strengthen community fire preparedness with a prioritized set of actions for public education, reduction of structure ignitibility, fuel reduction and methodology for monitoring accomplishments. Fuels treatment and restoration projects will be identified and prioritized as part of this Plan.
The general scope of work includes the following:
- Project Scoping
- Data Gathering
- Risk Assessment
- Community/Stakeholder Workshops
- Plan Development
At a minimum, the expected deliverables include:
- 4 community workshops
- 2 Stakeholder plan review meetings
- Final Plan that includes ranked projects with cost estimates
- GIS Database with plan for ongoing update
CWPP Project Management Team
- Christie Neill - Marin County Fire Department (FIRESafe MARIN Vice President)
- Todd Lando - FIRESafe MARIN Coordinator, Project Manager
- Jason Weber - Fire Chief, Marin County Fire Department
- Mike Swezy - Marin Municipal Water District (FIRESafe MARIN President)
- Roger Meagor - Ross Valley Fire Department, Retired (FIRESafe MARIN Treasurer)
- Mischon Martin - Marin County Parks and Open Space (FIRESafe MARIN Director)
- Jordan Reeser - National Park Service
- Scott Barnes - Mill Valley Fire Department (FIRESafe MARIN Director)
Stakeholders (Partial List)
All Marin Cities and TownsFire Agencies
- Marin County Fire Department
- CAL FIRE (Main County Fire represents)
- Kentfield Fire Protection District
- Ross Valley Fire Department
- San Rafael Fire Department
- Southern Marin Fire Protection District
- Tiburon Fire Protection District
- Corte Madera Fire Department
- Larkspur Fire Department
- Marinwood Fire Department
- Mill Valley Fire Department
- Novato Fire Protection District
- Marin County Fire Chiefs Association (Jason Weber, President)
Volunteer and Private Fire Departments
- Bolinas Fire Protection District
- Stinson Beach Volunteer Fire Department
- Inverness Public Utilities District
- Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department
- Skywalker Ranch Fire Brigade
- Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department
- Tomales Volunteer Fire Department
Public Land Management Agencies
- Point Reyes National Seashore
- Marin Municipal Water District
- National Park Service
- Marin County Parks and Open Space
- California State Parks
- Waste disposal agencies (green waste)
Private Groups & Foundations
- Pacific Gas and Electric
- Conservation Corps North Bay
Neighborhood Groups and HOAs
- West Marin ranch and agricultural landowners
- All Marin HOAs
- Large private landowners