This year, San Rafael, similar to many parts of the Western United States, is in the midst of an unusually long and high-risk fire season as a result of several recent years of drought, high levels of extremely dry vegetation, and elevated summer temperatures. We currently staff two open space rangers and a comprehensive vegetation management program to address the enforcement of laws in open space areas and maintain public property. We also actively engage neighborhoods on how to maintain private property and prepare for the threat of wildfire. On Monday evening, the City Council will hear a presentation about our efforts to prepare and prevent the threat of wildfire in our community, as well as some new ideas on how to decrease the risk of wildfires.
For more information, read the staff report.