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Don't Fly Your Drone Near Wildfires!


It may seem like fun to take some aerial action photography when a wildfire is burning in Marin.  DON'T DO IT!  FIREFIGHTING AIRCRAFT fly low and fast, often beneath the 400' hobby aircraft ceiling.  If a hobby drone is spotted anywhere in the vicinity of a wildfire (during a wildfire, airspace is closed for several miles in all directions), all firefighting aircraft will be grounded for safety, and you may be responsible for their inability to fight the fire.  Flying a drone near a wildfire is a crime and puts firefighters, pilots and anyone living in the path of the fire at risk.

The first fire season since the end of California’s historic five-year drought is off to a raging start, with blazes burning throughout much of the state this weekend.  As of early Sunday, firefighters are battling 16 active wildfires that have scorched nearly 49,000 acres amid a summer heat wave, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported on its statewide fire map.

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Are You Registered With Alert Marin?

Register with Alert Marin to receive text and phone alerts in the event of an evacuation or emergency in your community!

If a wildfire requires evacuation in Marin and time allows, emergency managers will use the "Alert Marin" system to send out notifications by telephone, cellular, VOIP, and text message.  If you live, work or go to school in Marin County and are 18 and over, you may register your cell phone or VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phone to receive emergency alerts sent by call, text, email, or smartphone application from the County of Marin.

Listed and unlisted/blocked Marin County landline phone numbers are already included in the Alert Marin emergency notification system.  Cell phone and VoIP numbers are not included and will require your registration in our Self-Registration Portal.

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FREE Firewise Class - CANCELLED


We we are very sorry to announce that this class has been CANCELLED.  FIRESafe MARIN and Mill valley fire department will work to reschedule the class in the future. Thank you for your understanding.


FREEE 1-Day On-Site Workshop Sponsored by Mill Valley Fire Department and FIRESafe MARIN

Open to all Marin residents.  This is a great class for homeowners, landscapers, insurance professionals, tree workers, firefighters, or anyone interested in reducing the risk of wildfire around their home and in their neighborhood.

It’s NOT ‘luck’ or ‘a miracle’ when homes survive wildfires! We know that we can’t change the path of a tornado, but we can change the path of a wildfire! Our homes and communities can survive, even severe wildfires!

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Upcoming Chipper Days


FIRESafe MARIN supports community chipper days across Marin each year.  Check for your neighborhood and prepare your Defensible Space today!

West Marin

July 8 - 9, 2017 - West Marin/Nicasio

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Conservation Talk: Fire Ecology - Sat, June 24


Fire Ecology with Dr. Sasha Berleman - Sat, June 24, 11am –12:30 pm. Martin Griffin Preserve, Stinson Beach

Tickets: $20 non-member / $15 member or student / FREE for children under age 18.

Register Online!

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Marin Wildfire Partnerships VIDEO: MMWD "A Day in the Life of a Watershed Ranger"


MMWD - A Day in the Life of a Watershed Ranger

Take a look at this excellent video profiling FIRESafe MARIN's partner in wildfire prevention - Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD).  Stunning photography underscores the importance of protecting Mt Tam.

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60 Minutes: Why fighting wildfires often fails -- and what to do about it


More than 100M Americans live in or near forests and grasslands that can erupt in flames. Steve Inskeep reports on fighting wildfires, which cost federal agencies almost $2B last year

Fighting wildfires in America cost federal agencies almost $2 billion last year including more than half the budget of the U.S. Forest Service. Wildland fires are growing worse in a time of drought and climate change, and the biggest and most destructive fires can't be stopped. They are a force of nature: imagine trying to stop a hurricane. Yet the government has to try, because more than a 100 million Americans now live in -- or near -- forests and grasslands that can erupt in flames.

This excellent 60 Minutes news magazine program featured a segment called "In the Path of Fire." In just over 12 minutes, the episode accurately summarizes the sobering reality of wildfires in the US -- the increasing frequency of large, extreme fires, the spiraling costs of fighting these fires, and the toll on life and property in the areas where more and more people live, known as the wildland/urban interface. Fire scientist Dr. Jack Cohen, whose research has formed the basis for how NFPA works to help homes and communities become ignition resistant, is featured.

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PG&E Awards $99,000 in Grants to FIRESafe MARIN to Improve Wildfire Evacuation Routes and Reduce Vegetation

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Even though the drought emergency is over, the damage has already been done. The drought and bark beetle infestation have killed more than 100 million trees in California, and U.S. Forest Service scientists expect elevated levels of tree mortality to continue this year in some areas. That’s why Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is working with Fire Safe Councils across its service area to reduce the threat of wildfire. The company is awarding $2 million in funding to local Fire Safe Councils, including $99,000 to FIRESafe MARIN.

This year, PG&E will be funding 43 local Fire Safe Council and other 501(c)3 projects in 21 counties.  Four projects are in Marin County and will specifically target combustible vegetation along evacuation routes, as identified in the 2016 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) found here: The goal of each project is to reduce roadside vegetation fuel that might threaten the safe evacuation of residents during a wildfire in specific neighborhoods of Larkspur, Mill Valley, Corte Madera and Tamalpais Valley.

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2017 Mill Valley Evacuation Drill: Saturday, May 20

The City of Mill Valley conducts an annual emergency evacuation exercise every spring. The drill helps raise disaster awareness and provide residents with an opportunity to practice evacuating from their homes to a safe location.  

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Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 7: Help a Neighbor, Organize a Neighborhood

Pacheco Valle/Marin Valley Firewise Day 2017

Wildfire Preparedness Week is May 1-7, 2017.  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 7: Help a Neighbor, Organize a Neighborhood

Now that you've followed our step-by-step guide to preparing your home and family for wildfire, why not organize your entire neighborhood?  In order to be truly "fire safe," every home in your community needs to play its part in preparing, by creating defensible space and using fire-safe building materials and practices.

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