As we see California experience one its worst fire seasons in recent history, this is the time, more than ever, to create defensible space around your home. Since 2014, the Mill Valley Fire Department has been vigorously working with individual home owners and whole neighborhoods by educating on proper defensible space and emergency preparation.
One program that has become increasingly popular with the community is the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA program. The Firewise USA® program provides a collaborative framework with neighbors and the Mill Valley Fire Department to reduce wildfire risks. The national recognition program’s annual criteria is designed to empower and engage residents living in wildfire prone areas with a plan and actions that can increase their home’s chances of surviving a wildfire, while also making it safer for firefighters.
Currently, Mill Valley has seven Firewise Communities. Congratulations to Mill Valley’s newest Firewise Community is the Marsh Drive Homeowner’s Association.
In order to become a Firewise Community, there are a few simple steps and the Mill Valley Fire Department is ready to help: