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Free Wildfire Preparedness Symposium for West Marin Communities This Sunday!

Free Wildfire Preparedness Symposium for West Marin Communities March 11, 2018

The Inverness Foundation in cooperation with FIRESafe Marin, Marin County Fire Department, Inverness Fire, Marin County CERT, County of Marin, Audubon Canyon Ranch the National Park Service and others will present a Free Symposium on Sunday, March 11th from 1-4:30 at the Dance Palace in Pt Reyes Station.

Topics will include:

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Firewise Workshop for Neighborhood Organizers: Friday, February 9

Marin Firewise Workshop February 9, 2018

FIRESafe MARIN will host a "Firewise Workshop" in Novato, February 9, 2018 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.

You Can Help Organize Your Neighborhood!

This community workshop will help Marin neighborhoods prepare and organize to achieve Firewise USA recognition.  Learn about the benefits and challenges of Firewise recognition for your neighborhood, while preparing a plan to help your community survive a wildfire.  We'll have representatives from local fire departments, land management agencies like MMWD, Open Space, PG&E, and others to help you understand Marin's wildfire risk and develop a neighborhood-scale plan to address the risk.

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Marin Town Hall on Wildfire Preparedness: Saturday, February 10

Marin Town Hall on Wildfire Preparedness: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Assemblymember Marc Levine and FIRESafe MARIN invite you to hear what state, county, and local governments are doing to prepare for wildfires and how we plan to improve fire safety in Marin.  Learn how to prepare your family, home and property in case of disaster.

A focus of the Town Hall is to inform residents of the work that agencies and individuals have done to plan for a fire disaster and to let them know how wildfire disasters will be handled in Marin County.

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Can Marin Avoid a Firestorm? Marin IJ Live Forum: Wed, January 24

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Marin IJ Public Affairs Show Spotlights Wildfire Danger

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Wildfire experts agree that it’s not a question of if, but when a major wildfire will torch Marin County’s hillsides. The debate centers on whether Marin is doing all it can to prepare for the inevitable firestorm.

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URGENT! RED FLAG WARNING Issued for Marin County Through Sun, Dec 17

Red Flag Warning issued for Marin County, California December 15-17, 2017

The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for Marin County from Friday at 10 pm through Sunday at 10 am.  This type of fire weather is extremely unusual in Marin in December - based on this season's events, FIRESafe MARIN urges Marin residents to take extreme precautions in the coming days.  Strong northerly winds are predicted in the North Bay hills, with very low humidities and unusually low fuel-moistures.  The NWS upgraded this from a Fire Weather Watch to a  RED FLAG WARNING early Friday, based on observed conditions.

What Can I Do to Prepare?

FIRESafe MARIN has developed a 7 step (7-day) guide to quickly preparing your home and family for wildfire, all in less than 1 hour per-day.  We recommend that TODAY you read and complete Day 1: Clean your roof and rain gutters, and Day 5: Now That You're Ready, Get Set! in advance of the predicted fire-weather.

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Open Burning Ban Reinstated in Marin Due to Predicted Fire Weather

Burn Ban in Effect for Marin County

With a National Weather Service warning in place for high winds coming this weekend, Marin County Fire Department Chief Jason Weber has indefinitely suspended open burning in Marin County.

Please refrain from pile burning until after the predicted fire weather recedes.{NOTE: FIRESafe MARIN recommends that Marin residents refrain from any outdoor activity with open flames or sparks, including gas or charcoal barbecues, welding, grinding, or power tool use}

“We are suspending open burning because of predicted fire weather, the lack of precipitation, and unusually dry fuel conditions for this time of year,” Weber said on December 14. “This directive will remain in effect until adequate precipitation is received and fuel conditions are moderated.”

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Wildfire Evacuation Guide Updated

STOP!  Don't do anything before reading our Wildfire Evacuation Guide

FIRESafe MARIN, in cooperation with the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association, has updated our online Wildfire Evacuation Guide with new information and intitial updates from lessons learned during the recent North Bay wildfires.

Learn about:

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Save the Date! February 9, 2018 Firewise Community Workshop

Firewise recognition empowers neighborhoods to prepare for and survive wildfires.

Friday, February 9, 2018 from 11am - 2 pm, FIRESafe MARIN will host a community workshop to help Marin neighborhoods organize to achieve Firewise USA recognition.  Learn about the benefits and challenges of Firewise recognition for your neighborhood, while preparing a plan to help your community surviive a wildfire.  We'll have representatives 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 plan to address the risk.

The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program is a process that empowers neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Join the growing network of more than 1,028 recognized Firewise communities (12 neighborhoods in Marin!) taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.   

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Rare December Firestorm Erupts in Southern California: Nearly 100,000 Evacuated as Hundreds of Homes Burn

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Multiple wildfires are raging in Southern California as of December 6. A series of Santa Ana wind-driven wildfires have destroyed at least 180 structures, forced thousands to flee and smothered the region with smoke in what officials predicted would be a pitched battle for days.

Here’s what you need to know:

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FIRESafe MARIN Meeting Friday, December 8

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017 AT 9:00AM

1600 LOS GAMOS DRIVE, SAN RAFAELTHIRD FLOOR, OES OFFICES

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