Firefighters on a charred roof. One has a chainsaw that he is using the open the roof.

Protecting Against Wildfire


Interim Fire Chief Abraham Roman
All Fire Stations are Fully Operational 24/7, for emergencies call 9-1-1

Administration (415) 485-3304
Vegetation Management/Defensible Space (415) 485-3054
Fire Prevention (415) 485-3308
Non-Emergency (415) 485-3000
Administrative Office:
1375 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Emergency Response: 24/7

Your safety is our priority, passion, and mission - but we need your help!

Over the past few years we have all seen the devastating impact of wildfires. To help protect your family, friends, homes, businesses and community, the San Rafael City Council has adopted new vegetation standards. Fire knows no boundaries and therefore vegetation standards now apply to all structures and property Citywide. 

As of April 2022, all property owners in the City of San Rafael are required to adjust their landscape to comply with wildfire safety vegetation standards in regards to San Rafael Municipal Code Chapter 4.12.

Exemptions may be possible following a site assessment and approval of the Fire Chief or a designee. The City of San Rafael can provide assistance in meeting these requirements through one-on-one assessments with our staff, education, grants, direct assistance, and Chipper Days.  You can learn more about our Wildfire Hazard Enforcement Process here.

How Can I Get Started Protecting My Home?

Defensible Space and Home Hardening are critical to help protect your family, home, and business from wildfire. To learn more about how to reduce wildfire risk, the support available, and information about our other wildfire risk-reduction efforts, please visit the links provided or contact us. Together, we can help San Rafael adapt to living with fire.

Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.

Get a comprehensive 360-degree evaluation of your home and property for wildfire risks.

FIRESafe MARIN provides support for "Chipper Days" to help you reduce combustible landscaping.

Check out the Fire Safe Marin website for more information on fire-safe plants, home hardening, and more!

Learn about Zonehaven, a digital resource for evacuation instructions.

Discover projects the City is undertaking to reduce the risk of wildfire in public land.

Have you done work to protect your home from wildfires? See if your work was eligible for our grant!

Stay informed! Sign up for the emergency alerts in your area.

Need help preparing your property for wildfires? See if our Direct Assistance program can help you.

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