To Our Firewise Neighbors,
Here’s an update on our progress towards becoming an official Firewise community.
Did you know that Marin has more Firewise Neighborhoods than anywhere else in the country? There are now 70 with more to come. The nearest one is Rafael Highlands. Also, the Racket Club area is in the process of becoming recognized.
We were delayed but not discouraged by our shelter-in-place order. We had originally scheduled the neighborhood Risk Assessment walks for March 21 and 29. We finally did our walkabouts on June 12 and 19 with a limited number of walkers so that we could socially distance. Our walks were led by John Hansen and Kathleen Cutter, the leaders of the Firewise program under the auspices of FireSafe Marin and by Sean Rule, San Rafael’s vegetation management specialist. Kate, Max and Pat participated in both walks and were joined on one of the walks by Leslie and Steve LaskinReese, Henk Peeters, Jim Rehkopf, Patricia Theiss-Nyland, Stan and Mariana Stefanic, and Lisa Brow.
As part of the Forbes Corridor Firewise application to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), we need to complete five tasks:
1. Form a board
2. Create a Risk Assessment
3. Develop a Three-Year Action Plan
4. Conduct educational outreach
5. Make a wildfire risk-reduction investment – of time or money.
We have a board of three which will be expanded soon. Pat and Max are hard at work drafting our Risk Assessment and Action Plan. We already completed our educational event, with our inaugural meeting in February. The next step will be documenting our “Wildfire Risk Reduction Investment.” Stay tuned for more information about how we will gather information about the efforts we know we are all making to reduce our fire risk.
While we are moving forward with these tasks, we are also planning to coordinate a “chipper day” where vegetation you remove from your property will be mulched into a chipper provided at no cost by FireSafe Marin and the new Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA). We will give you plenty of notice of this event, so stay tuned for details.
We plan to send regular updates about our progress. Please let us know if you have questions or suggestions.
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