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Firewise: Prepare Your Community

Do you live in a Firewise Community? Access this map to find out

Find more detailed information for each Marin Firewise Site here

Here from Marin Firewise leaders about the program

Firewise USA

The Firewise USA Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. The program provides resources to help homeowners learn how to adapt to living with wildfire while encouraging and empowering neighbors to work together to take action now to reduce their wildfire risk and prevent losses. Find out more about the benefits of the program.

Start a Firewise Site

Find out how to become a Firewise Site.  This page contains detailed guidance on how to complete each step of the enrollment process. Each Firewise Site fills out a risk assessment that helps guide creation of an action plan to address issues in the assessment.  Fire Safe Marin has created templates to make the application easy and our staff will provide assistance as needed and help walk you through the process.

Firewise Renewal

Part of being a recognized Firewise USA® site is reporting the ongoing work residents complete each year to reduce their wildfire risks, while addressing the areas identified in their community’s wildfire risk assessment. Fire Safe Marin has templates that assist you in gathering information like resident participation in the MWPA Chipper Program that counts toward the renewal process.  Find out how to complete the annual renewal here.

Firewise Activities

What activities are important for residents in a Firewise Site? Fire Safe Marin recommends that each Firewise Site conduct what we call the Seven Universal Firewise Actions. This includes: gather resident contacts, hold regular meetings (at least quarterly), conduct wildfire education utilizing FSM materials, promote vegetation removal projects (chipper days), hold annual evacuation drills, do a neighborhood walk, and work with your local fire department. 

Evacuation Drills

Evacuation drills are not designed to test traffic flow because it is impossible to duplicate the traffic volume of a real event. We know the roads will be crowded. Drills meant to encourage residents to review their evacuation plan  ensure to facilitate a safe, quick departure. Practice makes perfect  .Organizing an evacuation practice does not need to be difficult. FSM Marin has provided several scaled approaches. Each Firewire Site should hold an annual evacuation practice. 

Firesafe Marin maintains a large supply of print materials stored in “The Cache” off Hwy 101 in Greenbrae. These materials are available to Firewise leaders for distribution in their communities. Materials include evacuation checklists, home hardening guides, fire smart landscaping tips and a host of other topics.   Click here for a complete list of available materials.

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