Living With Fire Webinar Series

Community Wildfire Safety Education Webinars

IMG 2421Living With Fire in Marin 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, Marin Master Gardeners (UCCE), and wildfire and home hardening experts.  In 2020, all Living With Fire programs will be delivered online, presented in a 60-minute webinar format. The monthly webinars will be posted online and can be viewed live, with participant questions and answers.

Leading experts in wildfire preparedness, defensible space and landscaping, home hardening and building science, and evacuation preparedness will cover a new topic each month.

2020-2021 Living With Fire in Marin Webinar Calendar

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

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

Tuesday September 29, 2020 @ 6:00pm - Watch Video           Q & A
Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness & Incorporation of Ecologically Sound Practices 
Speakers: Firewise Liason John Hansen;  Belle Cole, Chair Ecologically Sound Practices

Tuesday October 27, 2020 @ 6:00pm
Wildfire 101: How Wildfires Burn in the WUI. Join Yana Valachovic (UC Cooperative Extension forest advisor) and Steve Quarles (UC Cooperative Extension advisor) discussing the influence of weather and topography on fire spread and how creating defensible space can protect your home.  Together they will introduce the topic of home hardening, a topic more extensively covered in future FIRESafe Marin webinars. 

Tuesday November 17, 2020 @ 6:00pm
Home Hardening 1 ____________
Speakers: Steve Quarles, Chief Scientist (retired) IBHS & Yana Valachovic, Forest Advisor UC Agric. & Natural Resources

Tuesday December 15, 2020 @ 6:00pm
Vegetation Management Practices in Marin's Open Space
Speakers: Mike Swezy & Jim Chayka 

Tuesday January 26, 2021 @ 6:00pm
Home Hardening 2 __________
Speakers: Steve Quarles, Chief Scientist (retired) IBHS & Yana Valachovic, Forest Advisor UC Agric. & Natural Resources

Tuesday February 23, 2021 @ 6:00pm
Zone 0 – Ground Zero When Protecting Your Home From Embers
Speakers: Todd Lando, Hazard Mitigation Specialist/Battalion Chief (Central Marin FD) & Steve Quarles, Chief Scientist (retired) IBHS

Tuesday March 30, 2021 @ 6:00pm
Defensible Space
Speakers: Todd Lando, Hazard Mitigation Specialist/Battalion Chief (Central Marin FD) & TBD

Tuesday April 27, 2021 @ 6:00pm
Fire Smart Landscaping
Speakers: Fay Mark (UC Marin Master Gardeners) & TBD

Tuesday May 25, 2021 @ 6:00pm
Environmental Considerations For Homeowners When Creating A Fire Smart Landscape
Speakers: Ecologically Sound Practices Partnership TBD

Tuesday June 29, 2021 @ 6:00pm
Fire Insurance:  Update Your Policy Now
Speakers: TBD

View upcoming seminars, dates, and times

Attendees give an overwhelmingly positive response to this program:

"Thank you for an Outstanding Presentation"

"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 look forward to continued learning opportunities from all of you."
-Vicki  in San Geronimo

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

LIVING WITH FIRE Companion Booklet

Download a PDF copy of our in-depth guide to "Living With Fire in Marin County, CA."  This 55-page booklet was created with a grant from CAL FIRE in 2019 and was mailed to 55,000 high-risk WUI addresses in Marin.  Print copies are available to attendees of our popular "Living With Fire" education seminars.

pdfDownload the 2019 Living With Fire booklet here.10.27 MB

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