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The City of San Rafael celebrates Pride Month

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POSTPONED: Fire Foundation 2023 Crab Feed

As you may be aware, The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) delayed the start of the 2023-2024 California commercial Dungeness crab fishing season due to risk of marine life entanglement until December 16, at the earliest. With that knowledge, our crab vendor pivoted and placed an order for fresh crab from a commercial fishery in … Continued

Structure Fire on Francisco Blvd W – 11/27/23

On the morning of 11/27, fire units were dispatched to a report of smoke seen coming from a Caltrans administrative office building by motorists passing by that called 911. Upon arrival, fire crews determined that there was active fire coming from the back of the building and that the fire had extended to the interior … Continued

Thanksgiving Holiday Safety Tips

The kitchen can be the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations. Holiday cooking can be hectic, when there is a lot of activity and people at home. Be aware of fire safety to ensure you and your … Continued

(Re)planting for Fire Resiliency

Share your thoughts on a pilot program to provide CA Native and fire-adapted plants to San Rafael residents. Filling out the survey at Adapting to wildfire has required many residents to minimize or remove some of their landscape and vegetation. Our (Re)Planting for Fire Resiliency (working title) is an effort to ensure our urban … Continued

2024 Business License Renewal

Business license renewal notices will soon be distributed to all businesses with active licenses expiring December 31, 2023.  Each license renewal is due by February 15, 2024.  The City accepts cash, checks, money orders, and most major credit cards.  Licenses may be renewed online via credit card or eCheck at If you have closed … Continued

November 2 Fire near Robert Dollar Drive

Around 2:30 am on November 2nd, firefighters quickly responded to a small fire near the San Rafael Elks Lodge west of Robert Dollar Drive. A battalion chief, five engines and a paramedic ambulance responded. The fire was contained within 20 minutes. Crews remained on scene for several hours ensuring the fire was completely extinguished and … Continued

Prescribed Fire Planned for China Camp State Park

NOVEMBER 1 UPDATE: Firefighters will continue the wildfire prevention work at China Camp State Park with a second prescribed fire on Thursday, November 2, between 9 AM and 4 PM.   The Marin County Fire Department is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations on Friday, October 20, or soon after, when conditions allow, at China Camp State Park … Continued

September 11th Commemoration

This morning the San Rafael Fire Department commemorated September 11th at the Public Safety Center. Twenty-two years ago on September 11,  many courageous fire and law enforcement professionals and everyday people sacrificed their lives to help others. I will never forget how those brave members in uniform calmly answered the call of duty, helped as … Continued

September is National Preparedness Month

Today marks the first day of National Preparedness Month. Marin County is no stranger to the destruction that disasters like wildfires, flooding, and earthquakes can bring. Our resilience during an emergency is dependent on the amount of preparation we put in ahead of time. Over the next month, we will share some simple steps San … Continued

Safety Reminders for Wildfire Prevention Goats

With nearly 1000 goats and sheep grazing across San Rafael, the Fire Department works hard to keep the herds safe and contained.   The City contracts with a grazing service provider with expertise in caring for the animals’ safety and wellbeing. Herders and herding dogs live on site to monitor the welfare of the animals … Continued

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