While wildfires are a natural part of California’s landscape, the fire season in California and across the West is starting earlier and ending later each year. Climate change is considered a key driver of this trend. Warmer spring and summer temperatures, reduced snowpack, and earlier spring snowmelt create longer and more intense dry seasons that increase moisture stress on vegetation and make forests more susceptible to severe wildfire. The length of fire season is estimated to have increased by 75 days across the Sierras and seems to correspond with an increase in the extent of forest fires across the state. The resources below can help you mitigate the risk of wildfires on CTH, and show you how best to protect your family and your home:
You're invited to watch FIRESafe MARIN's new video series. We're producing short videos on wildfire preparedness for homeowners and residents in Marin's Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). The first video introduces the concepts of "Fire-Smart" landscaping with UC Marin Master Gardeners from the UC Cooperative Extension and FIRESafe MARIN. The result of a 30-year cooperative partnership between our two organizations, we think every Marin homeowner will find this useful and to the point: you can have a beautiful landscape that helps protect your home from wildfires! Want more information on Fire-Smart landscaping? Visit FIRESafe MARIN's Defensible Space page, and the UC Marin Master Gardeners website today!
Fire-Smart Landscaping - FIRESafe MARIN and UC Marin Master Gardeners
Defensible Space Zone Zero
Part 2 in FIRESafe MARIN's New Video Series
You're invited to watch the second release in FIRESafe MARIN's new video series. This short video introduces the concepts of "Zone Zero," the noncombustible zone from 0' to 5' around your home that can help protect your home from wildfire embers. This area is most vulnerable zone in your home's defensible space to embers, and requires good planning and frequent maintenance. FIRESafe MARIN will help you understand your home's vulnerabilities, and teach you simple and inexpensive techniques that may save your home from wildfire.