COVID-19 OPERATIONAL DIRECTIVE – FIRE PREVENTION
Your health is our number one priority during this National Emergency related to the global pandemic COVID-19 outbreak. With the most recent updates from the CDC, Marin County Health Department and the Marin County Order to Shelter in Place. The following changes to our daily work plan shall go into effect starting Monday March 16th, 2020 at 08:00 and remain in place until a notice of cancelation has been issued.
Under the County of Marin's Order, issued March 31, 2020, vegetation management work that includes the reduction and/or removal of vegetation in regards to mitigating fire hazards and providing defensible space is determined as an essential service.
For homes located in the Wildland Urban Interface, work shall continue, either personally or by landscapers or gardeners, to conduct this critical fire safety work. Fire Chief's letter for verification of vegetation management for fire safety.
Vegetation Management for fire prevention and safety should include, but not be limited to:
All individuals who are performing vegetation maintenance work are required to follow the CDC Guidelines for sanitation and social distancing.
Our goal is to prevent the loss of life and reduce damage by fire through increased public awareness and continued strict enforcement of all fire codes, standards and ordinances.
To meet this goal, the following objectives have been established:
There are numerous programs as part of our fire prevention program:
Authority for these programs is established through:
Section 308 of the 2010 California Fire Code, as adopted by Mill Valley City Ordinance 1245, regulates the use of charcoal and gas-fueled barbeques. Click here for the specific code section.
As of January 1, 2008, Chapter 15.06 of Title 15 of the City of Mill Valley Municipal Code requires that new construction, or projects deemed substantial remodels be subject to the provisions of the 2006 Edition of the International Urban Wildland Interface Code, as amended and adopted by City Ordinance 1228.
The ordinance establishes a Wildland Urban Interface, or WUI Zone and established requirements for access, water supply and vegetation management in the WUI Zone. Building within the WUI Zone may also be subject to additional building requirements found in Chapter 7A of the 2010 Edition of the California Building Code. For more information on Chapter 7A Building Requirements, contact the Building Departments.