Start here to educate yourself on preparing for a fire:

If and when the flames come to your area, your life may well depend on making correct decisions, most of them related to when and how you will evacuate. Prepare a Family Emergency Plan and be prepared to put your plan into action. Make your own Pre-Packed Evacuation Kit or purchase a pre-assembled kit.

Stay calm and don't panic – do not call 911 unless you have a life threatening emergency.

If fire is in your vicinity:

  • Tune your radio to local media for further information
  • If ordered to evacuate, do so at once
  • Assemble the items on your Grab and Go Checklist
  • Alert neighbors to the danger

Do your part to help with fire prevention in your home:

  • Make sure you have functioning smoke detectors
  • Keep multi-purpose fire extinguishers (2-A:10-B:C Rated) handy
  • Keep flammable items away from wall and floor heaters
  • Take care with space heaters and candles

Its not to early to start thinking about Fire season! Do you have defensible space around your home?

Click here to view/download a Defensible Space Checklist that can better prepare you and your family against the threat of wild land fires. Click here to view/download a list of simple steps to dramatically increase the chance of your home surviving a wildfire.

The Mill Valley Fire Department understands the challenge residents have in maintaining defensible space around their homes. With this in mind, we are here to assist you in identifying hazards specific to each residence by performing a Hazard Assessments upon request. We also offer a Chipper Program to all City of Mill Valley Residents. Although there are some basic requirements to the program, the benefit is that we will chip all the vegetation you can stack and haul it away free of charge. Click here to download a chipper request and fax to 415-389-4186 attention Battalion Chief Scott Barnes.

Here is a video on creating defensible space: