Adopting the Wildfire Prevention and Protection Action Plan as a framework was just the first step. Follow our ongoing efforts to implement the objectives in the plan.
The City has set up a Citizen's Wildfire Advisory Committee. The first 7 members, as appointed by Mayor Phillips and Councilmember Bushey, had an informative introductory first meeting. The remaining 8 members were selected from submitted applications. The full committee will meet in June. Meetings will be open to the public.
Objective 4: Expand goat grazing for vegetation maintenance
- After calling for proposals, San Rafael in finalizing a contract with a goat vendor. Look for them in open space in early June.
Objective 7: Establish more Firewise communities in San Rafael
- A new website to serve as centralized source for Firewise information in San Rafael
- Two community meetings, "Becoming Firewise" were scheduled to help residents interested in learning more about what they can do to help their neighborhood become Firewise. Additional meetings are available by request.
Objective 11: Reengage volunteer "Broom Pull Days"
- We are proud of our community for their efforts to reduce hazardous fuels. The Pt. San Pedro Road Coalition and CVNL hosted a great event for Earth Day.
- The City Sustainability Volunteer Program Coordinator, Fire Department staff, and our AmeriCorps team are actively working on other projects, including one in the open space near Convent Court.
- Interested in coordinating a volunteer wildfire mitigation event? Let us know- we'd love to help!
Objective 14: Develop new efforts, solutions, and resources dedicated to wildfire prevention and protection
- San Rafael is please to welcome an AmeriCorps NCCC team for 10 weeks to help low income, elderly, and disabled residents achieve defensible space. The Team will also be working in City open space and other community projects. If you, or someone you know needs assistance achieving defensible space, let us know by submitting an interest form.
- The City's CalFire Grant application was not approved, but our neighbors in Marin received funds! We are excited to benefit from the nearby efforts to reduce wildfire risk in Marin.
- The City has submitted a hazard mitigation grant for a fuel reduction project. We hope to hear positive news this fall.
Objective 30: Improve public emergency alerting capabilities and policies
- All residents are encouraged to sign up for SRPD alerts by texting their 5 digit zip code to 888-777 or visiting nixle.com. Residents should also sign up for County alerts at alertmarin.org.
- The City of San Rafael is in the process of upgrading our alerting software and should be fully operational by July.
Objective 32: Review and expand evacuation plans, incorporating areas of refuge, and support neighborhood evacuation drills.
- The City is helping the Dominican/Black Canyon neighborhood plan a wildfire drill. The event will encourage residents to practice their "10 minute evacuation drill" and then head to a safety fair. Representatives from San Rafael Fire and Police will be available to share information and answer questions. We are hoping to use this event as a template for future events.
Objective 38: Maintain and expand coordination of wildfire prevention and response planning with Marin County, other Marin jurisdictions, Marin County Fire, FIRESafe MARIN, and neighboring landowning partners.
- City staff and elected officials continue to regularly meet with countywide partners to develop a comprehensive strategy and funding mechanism.