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Wildfire Preparedness Webinars begin TONIGHT (May 4, 2020)

You are invited to join FIRESafe MARIN for our first Wildfire Preparedness Webinar tonight (May 4, 2020) at 6pm!  

An extension of our popular "Living With Fire" community education seminars, we're launching a regular series of 30-60 minute online webinars to help Marin residents and homeowners prepare for wildfire.

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Wildfire Preparedness Week Day 3: Focus on "Zone Zero"

A simple, 7 day guide to improving your home and family's wildfire preparedness with easy, inexpensive tips.

Day 3: Clear Combustibles Within 5' of Your Home

The area nearest your house, from 0' to 5', including the surfaces of the structure itself, is the most vulnerable area.  We call this "ZONE ZERO," because it's ground-zero when it comes to protecting your home from embers. It's the area closest to your house, including plants, decks, outdoor furniture, and the outside walls and coverings.  This area is most vulnerable and should be more aggressively maintained for fire resistance. There should be ZERO combustibles in this zone! 

  • Remove combustible outdoor furniture.  Replace with metal or non-combustible varieties.
  • Replace jute or natural fiber doormats with heavy rubber or metal grates.
  • Remove or relocate all combustible materials including garbage and recycling containers, lumber, trash, and patio accessories.
  • Clean all fallen leaves and needles.
  • No vegetation or plantings are recommended within 5’ of any structure.
  • Remove tree limbs that extend into this zone.  Fire-prone tree varieties should be removed if they extend into this zone.
  • Do not store firewood, lumber, or combustibles here, even (especially) under decks or overhangs.  Move stored combustibles inside or at least 30’ from any structure.
  • Use only inorganic, non-combustible mulches such as stone or gravel.
  • Hardscaping is strongly recommended around the base of structures.
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Wildfire Preparedness Week Day 2: Cut Your Grass!

Wildfire Preparedness Week Day 2: Cut Your Grass!

It's Wildfire Preparedness Week.  Follow our daily updates for an easy, step by step guide to protecting your home!

This week, FIRESafe MARIN will provide a simple, 7 day guide to improving your home and family's wildfire preparedness with simple, easy, inexpensive tips.

Day 2: Cut Your Grass!

Marin's grasslands provide the fuel for our most frequent and fast moving wildfires.  Dry grass is particularly susceptible to ignition -  carelessly dropped cigarettes, illegal fireworks, mower blades, and hot car mufflers frequently ignite grass fires.  These fast-moving fires damage and destroy homes every year in California and Marin, often in the first few minutes of a wildfire before firefighters arrive.

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Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 1: Clean Your Roof and Rain Gutters

This is Wildfire Preparedness Week.  Follow our daily updates for an easy, step by step guide to protecting your home!

This week, FIRESafe MARIN will provide a simple, 7 day guide to improving your home and family's wildfire preparedness with simple, easy, inexpensive tips.

Day 1: Clean Your Roof and Rain Gutters!

The single most effective step you can take to protect your home TODAY is to clean all leaves, needles, and debris from your roof and rain gutters!  The most vulnerable part of your home is typically the roof.  Although Class "A" roof construction, required in most Marin jurisdictions for nearly 20 years, is more resistant to fire, even a small handful of leaves or needles can ignite your "fire resistant" roofing.  Fire inspectors find that most homeowners do not properly maintain their roofs, leaving Marin's neighborhoods vulnerable to wildfires.

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FIRESafe MARIN to host "pop-up" Living With Fire programs May 4 & 6

FIRESafe MARIN will host two trial runs of an online "ZOOM" version of our popular Living With Fire program, Monday May 4 and Wednesday May 6.  These 45-60 minute presentations will cover specific topics, and moderators will be online to take your (typed) questions.

Due to COVID-19, we cancelled our April and May live presentations.  To fill the gap and reach a wider audience, we'll present shorter verions online, using Zoom, in a trial format.  We'll reach out to attendees and ask that they provide honest feedback on the presentation content and technology, to help us develop better online education programs for delivery in the future.

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3 Marin Firewise Sites Receive Wildfire Prep Day Grants

2020 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project funding award winners

Thanks to the generous support from State Farm Insurance and the NFPA, 150 communities in the US received project funding awards to support activities aimed at reducing potential loss of life, property and natural resources to wildfire. 

Dominican-Black Canyon, Oak Manor Ridge, and Woodhaven Road Firewise sites each received $500 grants.  Congratulations to these highly motivated communities, and to Firewise USA leaders Jay Hubert, Mary Vidal, and Gina Nellesen!

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Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: Saturday, May 2

NFPA has created Prep Day to raise awareness of wildfire risk, to share information and knowledge, and to help residents make changes to improve the survival of their homes and neighborhoods.  

The COVID-19 health crisis may prevent you from carrying out your preparedness plans and group events. NFPA and State Farm encourage you to postpone meetings and events until it’s safe. NFPA continues to monitor the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other global and local health organizations and resources for developments that may inform future decisions. 

Read a message from NFPA and State Farm about Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and the coronavirus.

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Upcoming NFPA Wildfire Webinars: Wildfires and Insurance

NFPA webinars are presented by industry subject matter experts who take you inside today's codes and give you the latest industry and research developments. Learn about important technical changes in NFPA codes and standards, and stay up-to-date on fire protection, life safety, health care, electrical safety, wildfire, and fire safety research topics. 

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With the threat of COVID-19 at the top of everyone's minds, FIRESafe MARIN has taken the necessary steps to protect staff, neighborhood leaders, and the community. In response to recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), FIRESafe MARIN staff are working remotely and all organization and Firewise USA leader meetings have been postponed. All in-person community education and meetings are on-hold until further notice.

The County of Marin Department of Public Health has established that vegetation management project for public safety and wildfire preparedness are en essentila public service. FIRESafe MARIN will continue ongoing, grant-funded projects to reduce wildfire hazards durint the shelter-in-place order. We are currently working to reduce roadside vegetation in Central Marin using contractors. Our contractors are utilizing protective measures, including: social distancing among workers and the public; limited public contact; sanitation of tools, and using single tools per crew-member; portable hand washing stations; N95 masks and other PPE if appropriate.

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Measure C: Enacting FIRESafe MARIN's Vision

FIRESafe MARIN Recommends a Yes Vote on Measure C, March 3, 2020

With Marin's "Measure C" on the March 3rd ballot, it's important to keep in mind the wildfires and decades of planning that have lead to this historic effort. FIRESafe MARIN has worked for 29 years to keep Marin homeowners, landowners, private industry, and public agencies, engaged in wildfire risk reduction. The Marin Wildfire Prevention Initiative and Measure C is in many ways the culmination of FIRESafe MARIN's vision.

Since our inception in the aftermath of 1991's firestorm in the nearby Oakland and Berkeley hills, we've worked with the understanding that what your neighbors do matters: a resident of Fairfax must be just as concerned about wildfire prevention efforts in Novato as they are about their neighbors across the street (Case in Point: Marin's largest wildfire in 1923 burned from Novato all the way to Fairfax in a matter of hours).

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