Reducing Fire Risks: Through Vegetation Management
Marin County Fire Department has decades of experience managing vegetation for fire control. With the implementation of the California Fire Plan in 1996, a forester and pre-fire engineer were hired to implement a Vegetation Management Program. The program is for communities, ranchers, and natural resource managers who wish to strengthen their protection against wildfire.
There are three fuel management approaches to reducing fire hazards. This story focuses on Marin County Fire's Vegetation Management Projects utilizing the second and third approaches below. It also presents other vegetation management projects worked on by multiple agencies.
- Residential fuel treatments that are used to create defensible space around structures and neighborhoods.
- Fuel-breaks are corridors along roads or ridges where vegetation is controlled. Fuel-breaks reduce fire intensity and rate of spread allowing fires to be controlled.
- Fuel reduction zones are broad, non-linear areas where natural fuels are reduced.
Vegetation Management Projects 2017 - 2018
FIRESafe Marin and the Community Wildfire Protection Plan
FIRESafe Marin is pleased to announce the countywide adoption of the 2016 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This document represents several years of work by a diverse group of community stakeholders, fire officials, and wildfire science experts to produce an updated CWPP which broadly addresses wildfire risk and hazard, and provides a framework for future mitigation efforts.
The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) has identified many more Vegetation Management projects, other than the specific projects of County Fire above. Marin County Fire is a major player in FIRESafe Marin and its fire safety and fire risk reduction programs and projects.