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Community Wildfire Education Webinar Series

About the Program

Living With Fire is a wildfire preparedness education program developed by FIRESafe MARIN in conjunction with the Marin County Fire Chiefs' Association, Marin County Fire Prevention Officers Association, UC Marin Master Gardeners (UCCE), and wildfire and home hardening experts. Leading experts in wildfire preparedness, defensible space and landscaping, home hardening and building science, and evacuation preparedness, cover a new topic each month.

This educational series is delivered online and presented in a 60-minute webinar format. The schedule for these monthly webinars is posted online and can be viewed live, with participant questions and answers.

What People Say

"There is nothing like hearing this information from those who actually have experienced fires and disasters to drive the points home. There were many wonderful comments from the attendees who seem truly inspired to take action. We were all impressed and look forward to continued learning opportunities from all of you."
- Vicki, San Geronimo

"Living with Wildfire was succinct, practical, focused, and expert. It's one of the best I've seen."
- Rebecca, Sausalito

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Living With Fire Guidebook

Download our in-depth guide to "Living With Fire in Marin County, CA." This 55-page guidebook was created with a grant from CAL FIRE in 2019 and was mailed to 55,000 high-risk wildland urban interface addresses in Marin.

Download the 2019 Living With Fire Guidebook (10.27 MB)


Upcoming Webinars

Pet Evacuation: Fire-Safe Animal Information for Large Animals and House Pets
Speakers: Julie Atwood (Halter Project) and Captain Cindy Machado (Marin Humane)
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 6:00pm

Speakers: Amy Bach, Executive Director (United Policy Holders); Joel Laucher, Insurance Consultant (Regulatory Insurance Advisors and United Policy Holders); Janet Ruiz, Director - Strategic Communications (Insurance Information Institute)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 @ 6:00pm

Marin Center for Independent Living: Emergency Preparation for People with Access and Functional Needs
Speakers: Eli Gelardin (MarinCIL)
Tuesday August 31, 2021 @ 6:00pm


Past Webinars

Environmental Considerations For Homeowners When Creating A Fire-Smart Landscape
Speakers: Mike Swezy (Marin Conservation League); Yvette Blount, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist (Novato Fire District); and, Nate Clark, Biodiversity and Fuels Projects Coordinator (Marin County Open Space District)
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 6:00pmFire-Smart Landscaping - Hightlight Reel         Watch Video         

Speakers: Fay Mark (UC Marin Master Gardeners) & Kirby Wilcox (UC Marin Master Gardeners, Pruning Guild member)
Tuesday,  April 27, 2021 @ 6:00pm - Highlight Reel           Watch Video          Q & A

Creating Defensible Space
Speakers: Todd Lando, Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Specialist/Battalion Chief (Central Marin FD), Ray Moritz, Arborist (Urban Forestry Associates), and Bonnie Morse Beekeeper (Bonnie Bee & Company)
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 6:00pm - Highlight Reel         Watch Video          Q & A

Zone 0 – Ground Zero When Protecting Your Home From Embers
Speakers: Jack Cohen, Fire Scientist (retired US Forest Service), Todd Lando, Hazard Mitigation Specialist/Battalion Chief (Central Marin FD), and Steve Quarles, Chief Scientist (retired IBHS)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 6:00pm - Highlight Reel         Watch Video         Q & A 

Fire Adapted Communities - Active Strategies for Home Hardening
Speakers: Chief Bill Tyler (Novato Fire Department) and Steve Quarles, Chief Scientist (retired IBHS)
Tuesday January 26, 2021 @ 6:00pm - Highlight Reel          Watch Video           Q & A 

Vegetation Management Practices in Marin's Open Space
Speakers: Mike Swezy (Marin Conservation League) and Max Korten, Director (Marin County Parks)
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 @ 6:00pm - Highlight Reel          Watch Video         Q & A

Home Hardening 1 
Speakers: Steve Quarles, Chief Scientist (retired IBHS) and Jack Cohen, Fire Scientist (retired U.S. Forest Service Research) 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 6:00pm - Watch Video        Q & A

How Wildfires Burn in the WUI
Speakers: Yana Valachovic (UC Cooperative Extension Forest Advisor) and Steve Quarles (UC Cooperative Extension Advisor) 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 6:00pm - Watch Video            Q & A

Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness & Incorporation of Ecologically Sound Practices 
Speakers: John Hansen, Firewise USA Liaison (FIRESafe MARIN) and Belle Cole, Chair (Ecologically Sound Practices Partnership)
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 6:00pm - Watch Video           

Evacuation & Warnings –  How To Survive a Wildfire
Speakers: Todd Lando, Hazard Mitigation Specialist/Battalion Chief (Central Marin FD) and Dr. Shannamar Dewey, Camp Fire Evacuee & Survivor
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 6:00pm - Watch Video

Living With Fire in Marin County
Speakers: Deputy Chief Mark Brown (Marin County Fire Department); Supervisor Katie Rice (County of Marin)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 @ 6:00pm - Watch Video         Q & A

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