Vegetation Management Program

Vegetation Management Hotline: 

Battalion Chief Scott Barnes

Few of us will forget the horrifying images of the Mt. Vision Fire that swept through Inverness in 1995.  By obliterating 12,000 acres and destroying 45 homes, the Mt. Vision Fire served as a grim reminder of the importance of maintaining defensible space around our properties.

Soon after, the Mill Valley City Council unanimously approved a multi-year, city wide Vegetation Management Program to reduce the chances of a wild land fire sweeping through our community.

The Vegetation Management Plan consists of the following:

Annual maintenance of paved roads, trees and understory

Annual maintenance of City owned land

Establishment of fuel breaks between cities and canyons

Sudden Oak Death tree removal

City Chipper program*
*Prior to removing mature trees, contact the City Planning Department for specific regulations

Establishment  and maintenance of Mill Valley's steps, lanes and paths

Defensible space and evacuation news letter

Vegetation management hotline

Current annual budget of $300,000

Public education workshops and seminars

Designated parking program

City of Mill Valley Emergency Warning System

Know when you need to respond to an emergency

Emergency Siren System
Telephone Emergency Notification System ( T.E.N.S.).  If you would like to sign up, please click here.

If you hear a siren, please tune into local television and radio stations for further information and/or instructions.  Please do not call 911.

Residential Fire Hazard Assessment Program

Request a free evaluation of your home's potential fire hazards.

The Mill Valley Fire Department offers a very detailed fire hazard assessment of residential properties that are in the wildland/urban interface.  This program provides the homeowner with valuable information on how to achieve defensible space and to reduce the threat of a wildland fire.

For more information on this program call 415-389-4130 or click here to fill out a Residential Fire Hazard Assessment request form.

This service is made possible by funding from the Municipal Services Tax.

Much more information on fire safety and preparedness can be found below: