FIRESafe MARIN Projects

Each year, FIRESafe MARIN conducts a variety of fire hazard reduction projects in Marin County's Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI) areas.  Projects are funded through Federal, State, and local grants, private grants from partners such as PG&E, and private contributions and donations.

2014-2017 were FIRESafe MARIN's most successful years ever.  In 2017 several new grants were awarded to fund our wildfire prevention projects, bringing the four-year funding total to $1,267,773.  Our fuel reduction and wildfire prevention efforts in span the entire county, from West Marin to Sausalito, involving thousands of volunteer hours and dozens of state, federal, and local public land management agencies, private homeowner's associations, businesses, PG&E, and every Marin fire agency.  This is a partial list of recent projects implemented by FIRESafe MARIN.

Learn more about our current and recently completed wildfire hazard and fuel reduction projects, below.


2017

William H Donner Foundation Grant

The William H Donner Foundation awarded FIRESafe MARIN a $9,000 grant in support of our various vegetation management programs.

PG&E Defensible Space Chipper Program

PG&E Awarded $10,000 from the Better Together Giving Program in September 2017 to fund FIRESafe MARIN's Defensible Space Chipper Program.

PG&E Evacuation Route Fuel Reduction Projects

PG&E and FIRESafe MARIN partnered on wildfire fuel reduction and evacuation route improvements in 2017.  $100,000 in grants will fund projects in Larkspur, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, and Tamalpais Valley.

  • Mill Valley: Marlin Avenue Pine Removal ($30,000): COMPLETE
  • Corte Madera: Chanpman Park/Meadowsweet Drive Evacuation Route Improvement ($15,000): COMPLETE
  • Larkspur:  Madrone Canyon Evacuation Route Improvement ($15,000): COMPLETE
  • Tamalpais Valley:  Multiple Evacuation Route Improvments ($30,000): COMPLETE

MARIN COUNTY SRA RESIDENTIAL WILDFIRE HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAM

  • Reduce fuels along roadway evacuation routes and fund neighborhood chipper days in all SRA communities in Marin.
  • Funding Date: Spring 2016-Spring 2018
  • Responsible Agency: FIRESafe MARIN, Marin County Fire Department
  • Funding Agency: CAL Fire
  • Grant: $98,533
  • Total Project: $130,623
  • Status: In-progress

NICASIO/RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA FUELS TREATMENT

  • Will fund a variety of fuel reduction and wildfire preparedness efforts in the Rancho Santa Margarita community near Nicasio.
  • Funding Date: Spring 2016-Summer 2017
  • Responsible Agency: Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department, FIRESafe MARIN, Marin County Fire Department
  • Funding Agency: CAL Fire
  • Grant: $63,588
  • Total Project: $197,438
  • Status: In-progress

2016

Marin County SRA Residential Wildfire Hazard Reduction Program

  • Reduce fuels along roadway evacuation routes and fund neighborhood chipper days in all SRA communities in Marin.
  • Funding Date: Spring 2016-Spring 2018
  • Responsible Agency: FIRESafe MARIN, Marin County Fire Department
  • Funding Agency: CAL Fire
  • Grant: $98,533
  • Total Project: $130,623
  • Status: In-progress

Nicasio/Rancho Santa Margarita Fuels Treatment

  • Will fund a variety of fuel reduction and wildfire preparedness efforts in the Rancho Santa Margarita community near Nicasio.
  • Funding Date: Spring 2016-Summer 2017
  • Responsible Agency: Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department, FIRESafe MARIN, Marin County Fire Department
  • Funding Agency: CAL Fire
  • Grant: $63,588
  • Total Project: $197,438
  • Status: In-progress

PG&E Fuel Reduction Grants

PG&E Awarded FIRESafe MARIN seven grants totaling $152,180 for 2016 to reduce vegetation-fuel hazards in Marin county.  All grant work was conducted summer 2016, with completion prior to October 1.  FIRESafe MARIN would like to thank our partner agencies and members who helped complete these projects quickly and efficiently, and PG&E for providing funding and making wildfire hazard reduction a priority in Marin.

 

PG&E Wildfire Detection Camera Operation Grant


2015

Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Update

  • Funding Date: Spring 2015
  • Responsible Agency: FIRESafe MARIN, Marin County Fire Department
  • Funding Agency: CAL Fire
  • Grant: $123,200
  • Status: Complete

2015 Vegetation Management Plans (USFS State Fire Assistance Grant)

  • Cascade Canyon, Fairfax, VMP
  • Marin Valley Mobile Country Club, Novato, VMP
  • Rancho Santa Margarita, San Anselmo, VMP
  • Rotary Valley Senior Village, Marinwood, VMP
  • Villa Marin, Tamalpais Valley, VMP
  • Wildhorse Valley, Novato, VMP
  • These VMPs were created to inform current and future project selections, aid in identification of potential mitigation projects, and are intended for the internal use of FIRESafe MARIN and its cooperators.  Created by third-party contractors, the content in these VMPs is not necessarily the opinion of FIRESafe MARIN or our Directors, and all VMPs are considered to be in draft form unless adopted by vote of the FIRESafe MARIN Boad of Directors.

2015-16 Wildfire Detection Camera Funding (PG&E)

  • Funding Date: October 2015 - October 2016
  • Responsible Agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Funding: $12,000
  • Status: Complete
  • Description: PG&E funded an additional year of maintenance and software licensing for the "Forestwatch" wildfire detection camera system.

2015 PG&E Fuel Reduction Grants

  • Funding Date: Spring 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Responsible Agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $100,000
  • Status: In-progress

Kent Woodlands: Kentfield, CA

Coordinate the planning, implementation, and removal of ladder fuels, invasive French broom, and pyrophytic vegetation for maximum effectiveness along approximately 1500 feet of wildland/urban interface boundary along the Kent Woodlands and Hillside Avenue community.

  • Funding Date: Spring 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Responsible Agency: FIRESafe MARIN, Kentfield Fire Protection District, Kent Woodlands Property Owner's Association
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $14,940
  • Status: Complete

Faude Park: San Anselmo, CA

Remove ladder fuels and cut all grass within 200' of the roadway on the uphill side of Oakland and Alderny Ave.  Provide fire department access to the top of Faude Park from an existing overgrown fire road off Alice Way.

  • Funding Date: Spring 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Responsible Agency: FIRESafe MARIN, Ross Valley Fire Department
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $10,760
  • Status: Complete

Ridgewood Fire Road: San Rafael, CA

Reduce overall fuel load by removing up to 75 percent of eucalyptus trees in the project area, creating a location that firefighters can halt or slow a fire’s progression. Resulting vegetation management will offer protection to homes located in the Ridgewood Avenue, Devon Drive, Upper San Francisco Boulevard, and the 5th Avenue neighborhoods.

  • Funding Date: Spring 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Responsible Agency: FIRESafe MARIN, Marin County Fire Department, Marin County Parks and Open Space
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $49,700
  • Status: Complete

Alto Sub-station: Mill Valley, CA

The Alto substation is situated in a residential area and surrounded with mature pine trees with scotch broom, blackberry, pampas grass and annual grass understory. This understory poses a significant fire hazard to the residents uphill from the sub-station.  The project eliminated or dramatically reduced the fuel load under and around the mature pine trees in the area.  All mature pine trees and others were limbed a minimum 10’ off the ground per City of Mill Valley Ordinance.  Eliminate or reduce the continuity of fuel by selectively removing trees while still maintaining an adequate screen for the residents.

  • Funding Date: Spring 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Responsible Agency: FIRESafe MARIN, Mill Valley Fire Department
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $7,900
  • Status: Complete

Marin Valley Mobile Country Club: Novato, CA

Retirement community/mobile-home park: Project serves at-risk, low-income seniors, many of whom are people with disabilities with access and functional needs.  Park-wide fire fuels reduction and vegetation management, removing pyrophytic ornamental vegetation in the defensible space zone of mobile homes.  Additional treatment of native grasses, dead and down trees, scotch broom, and canopy thinning.  Park management is committed to ongoing maintenance. 

  • Funding Date: Spring 2015 - October 31, 2015
  • Responsible Agency: FIRESafe MARIN, Novato Fire Protection District, Marin Valley Mobile Country Club
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $16,700
  • Status: Complete

2014

2014 PG&E Drought Emergency Grant

King Mountain Fire Fuel Reduction                               

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $60,000
  • Grant number: NOR-00116 
  • Status: Complete

Fire Lookouts: Remote Fire Sensing Cameras

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $207,000
  • Grant number: N/A
  • Status: Complete

Mt. Tamalpais Wildland Urban Interface Fuel Break Project

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN       
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $80,000
  • Grant number: NOR-00116 
  • Status: Complete

Woodland Avenue Invasive Vegetation Removal

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $20,000
  • Grant number: NOR-00118     
  • Status: Complete

FIRESafe MARIN Chipper Day Program          

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $30,000
  • Grant number: NOR-00121
  • Status: Complete

Community Based Defensible Space Program (Chipper)

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: USDA Forest Service/State Fire Assistance, California Fire Safe Council
  • Grant: $133,772
  • Grant number: 14-USFS-SFA-0082

Chipper projects, 2014

  • Country Club San Rafael
  • West End Neighborhood Association
  • Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Fairhills Property Owner's Association
  • Indian Valley Association
  • Tamalpais Community Services District
  • Homestead Valley - Pixie Trail
  • Homestead Valley - Madrone Park Circle

VMP Projects 

  • Marin Valley Mobile Country Club, Novato
  • Villa Marin Apartments, Tamalpais Valley
  • Rancho Santa Margarita HOA
  • Cascade Canyon, Fairfax
  • Rotary Valley Senior Village, Marinwood

Puerto Suello Hill Fuel Reduction                               

  • Responsible agency: FIRESafe MARIN
  • Funding Agency: PG&E
  • Grant: $60,000
  • Grant number: NOR-00131
  • Status: Complete

 

2013 and earlier (partial list)

Chipper Program

2013

  • Indian Valley Associates

2012

  • Los Ranchitos Improvement Association
  • Fairhills Property Owners Association
  • Wild Horse Valley Association, Inc.
  • Indian Valley Homeowners' Association
  • Homestead Valley Community Association
  • Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Assoc

2011

  • Homestead Valley Community Association
  • Indian Valley Homeowners' Association
  • Wild Horse Valley Association, Inc.
  • Throckmorton Ridge
  • Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Assoc
  • Fairhills Property Owners Association
  • Homestead Valley Land Trust
  • Indian Valley Homeowners' Association
  • Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Assoc

Four Corners Pines

Four Corners Pines Removal. Funded by Sacramento Regional Foundation, Community-Based Wildfire Prevention Grants Program

The Four Corners Pines Project was funded by the US Department of the Interior under its Wildland-Urban Interface Program ($30,000). Craven Logging Company (South Lake Tahoe) cleared approximately 2 acres of Monterey Pines and black acacia. Pine logs were transported to the Agwood Mill in Sebastopol and cut into sticker boards—used to separate drying lumber. Branches and gnarled logs were chipped onsite and transported to Santa Rosa for composting. This work was coordinated by FireSafe Marin and is part of State Park’s ongoing effort to control non-native, invasive plants and maintain a fuel break between its lands and Mill Valley.

Kent Woodlands/Indian Fire Road

Indian Fire Road Fuel Break. Cooperative Agreement between Golden Gate National Recreation Area and FIRESafe MARIN

The purpose of this project is to implement a fuel reduction program to help create defensible spaces around homes, community easements, and to provide for preventative maintenance by fuel reduction, and to stop the spread of fire between the community, state and federal lands.
Community Description: Kent Woodlands is a residential development of nearly 800 homes bordering publicly managed open space in south central Marin County. Numerous narrow winding roadways provide access to the neighborhood, making access difficult for fire apparatus and evacuating residents. Topography ranges from relatively flat to very steep along the upper roads and ridges.

Hazard Description: Twenty acres of dense, decadent chamise averaging 8 feet in height.

Project Summary: A fuel break will be created by cutting, piling and burning a 20-acre field of chamise. A fuel break in this area will slow the advance of a wildfire and enable suppression crews to stop the fire before it reaches the developed area in Kent Woodlands.

Muir Meadows Fuel Breaks/Fire Road

Muir Meadows, Task Agreement #505: Cooperative Agreement between Golden Gate National Recreation Area and FIRESafe MARIN

The purpose of this project is to implement a fuel reduction program to help create defensible spaces around homes, community easements, and to provide for preventative maintenance by fuel reduction, and to stop the spread of fire between the community, state and federal lands.

Community Description: Muir Meadows is an unincorporated area located between the westernmost border of Tamalpais Valley in Mill Valley and the Golden Gate National recreation area. Muir Meadows is a bedroom community with approximately 400 homes and covers an area of approximately 1.5 square miles.

Hazard Description: The area has an extreme vegetation overgrowth problem of French and Scotch broom and areas of tall grass and a large number of eucalyptus trees.
Project Description: Create a defensible space between residents and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Brush and grass removal on the entire border between Muir Meadows and the Golden Gate national Recreation Area. Tree thinning and removal from Erica Road and Trillium Lane.

Ralston White Fuel Management Zone

Ralston White Fuel Management Zone, Task Agreement #512.  Cooperative Agreement Between Golden Gate National Recreation Area and FIRESafe MARIN

The purpose of this project is to implement a fuel reduction program to help create defensible spaces around homes, community easements, and to provide for preventative maintenance by fuel reduction, and to stop the spread of fire between the community, state and federal lands.

Community Description: Mill Valley is a suburban neighborhood in southeastern Marin County that stretches from Richardson Bay to the lower slopes of Mount Tamalpais. Nearly 13,600 people inhabit this community. It is along these slopes where narrow winding roads lead to homes surrounded by highly flammable, overgrown vegetation.Hazard DescriptionA mix of evergreen forest and chaparral define the plant communities in this area. It has been more than 70 years since the last major fire touched this area. If this same fire were to burn within a similar footprint, nearly 850 homes and inhabitants would be affected.

Scope of the project: This project would create a fuels management zone along a key section of the wildland-urban interface. The work would be performed on a 42-acre property managed by a private trust for educational and spiritual work.Project Description
A fuel management zone would be created by:

  • Clearing along principal access routes
  • Thinning overstocked stands of trees
  • Pruning low tree branches
  • Collecting, piling, and burning accumulated down, woody material
  • Treating chaparral to reduce fuel loading
  • Cutting and burning trees and shrubs affected by sudden oak death
  • Purchasing a chipper for long term maintenance 

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