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Spare The Air In Effect Friday, August 27 through Saturday, August 28

August 27, 2021 

Smoke from wildfires across California is predicted to impact the Bay Area on Friday and Saturday. Lofted smoke is expected to cause hazy and smoky skies, but pollution levels are not expected to exceed federal health standards and Spare the Air Alert is in effect. Air quality is expected to be in the moderate range on the Air Quality Index.

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Job Opportunity: Southern Marin Neighborhood Response Group Coordinator

August 11, 2021 

The Southern Marin Neighborhood Response Group (NRG) Program is a grassroots volunteer-driven initiative designed to assist the residents of Southern Marin to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters by encouraging a Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors approach and by providing resources, guidance, training, and conducting periodic disaster drills. NRG members take responsibility to prepare themselves as best they can and to help each other as neighbors. Neighborhoods are divided into manageable divisions with teams of Block Captains taking responsibility for nearby households. This position will be coordinating this program for Mill Valley, Sausalito and Marin City, including unincorporated areas.

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Air Quality Advisory for Friday 8/6 through Saturday, 8/7

August 6, 2021 

The Air District is issuing an air quality advisory for wildfire smoke for Friday, August 6 through Saturday, August 7. Smoke from the McFarland, Monument, and River Complex fires are expected to impact the North Bay and East Bay, but the smoke is aloft and is not expected to cause unhealthy air quality.

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Paved Road Fuel Reduction Event Dates For August 2021

August 5, 2021 

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has made the reduction of flammable vegetation that surrounds us one of its biggest priorities. To that end, The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to the following neighborhoods listed below with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets.

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Crossing Guards are Needed for the New School Year!

August 5, 2021 

Join the team of crossing guards in Marin County and protect the safety of our children as they bike and walk to and from school. Transportation Authority of Marin is working with the Crossing Guard management firm, All City Management Services, to hire dedicated individuals to take part in this critical public safety role.

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How To Create A Defensible Space Against Wildfires

August 5, 2021 

Creating defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. It’s the buffer created between a building and the vegetation on the property, including grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it.

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Pick Up Your Emergency Evacuation Tag

July 21, 2021 

The Cities of Mill Valley, Sausalito, Tiburon, and Belvedere are distributing FREE Evacuation Tags to be used during evacuation emergencies. Residents are advised to display these tags in a highly visible location to first responders when evacuating their homes.

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California ISO Issues Flex Alert for Monday, July 12 due to wildfires

July 12, 2021 

With electric transmission lines from Oregon still unreliable due to the explosive Bootleg Fire and continued high temperatures across the West resulting in increased demand for electricity, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert for Monday, July 12 to help stabilize the state’s electricgrid and deal with uncertainty created by the extraordinary conditions.

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Emergency Preparedness Becomes a ‘Must

July 9, 2021 

San Rafael, CA – Be honest: Have you prioritized wildfire or power outage preparedness? Thinking you’ll get around to it later? Marin County fire agencies and emergency responders are telling Marin residents that later might be too late. It’s time to “get around to it” now and have everybody do their part to get ready for wildfire season.

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State’s Grid Operator Asks Electric Customers to Conserve Power

July 9, 2021 

Electric grid operator is asking residents to voluntarily conserve electricity tomorrow afternoon and evening to help ease the strain on the grid during crucial evening hours when solar energy is diminished or no longer available. The Flex Alert, called by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), was issued Thursday and will be in effect on Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Get PG&E alerts for schools, businesses or other family members with new Address Alerts

July 9, 2021 

Customers and non-account holders can now sign up for notifications for any address they care about to stay safe and informed about Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events. High winds can cause tree branches and debris to contact energized lines, damage our equipment and cause wildfires. As a result, we may need to turn off power during severe weather to prevent wildfires. This is called a PSPS.

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Paved Road Fuel Reduction For July 2021

July 1, 2021 

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has made the reduction of flammable vegetation that surrounds us one of its biggest priorities. To that end, The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to the following neighborhoods listed below with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets.

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Ending The Stigma With Brendan McDonough

June 28, 2021 

On Saturday, June 26th, Southern Marin Fire District and Mill Valley Fire firefighters on C-Shift had the privilege to spend the evening with Brendan McDonough. McDonough was part of the elite firefighting crew, Granite Mountain Hotshots, and is the lone survivor of the Yarnell Hill fire tragedy of 2013.

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Warm Weather For This Weekend | June 26th-28th, 2021

June 25, 2021 

A warming and drying trend is forecast to occur into the upcoming weekend as high pressure builds over the Pacific Northwest. Maximum temperatures may range from the 90’s to low 100’s in far interior locations, while coastal areas and the San Francisco Bay Shoreline will see high temperatures ranging from the 70’s to 80’s. The hottest day looks to be Saturday afternoon when inland temperatures will warm into the 90s and lower 100s.

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Fireworks Safety Reminder

June 24, 2021 

Fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires caused five deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage.

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You're Invited To PG&E Wildfire Safety Webinar

June 22, 2021 

PG&E invites you to join for a regional webinar on Wednesday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. where PG&E will discuss wildfire safety plans in Marin and Sonoma Counties. During the event, customers will have an opportunity to ask questions of PG&E subject matter experts and share feedback to help us improve.

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Low-Income Senior Tax Exemptions - Apply Today

June 16, 2021 

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) was created to implement a comprehensive wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness program for Marin County. MWPA is funded by a parcel tax, Measure C, approved by voters in March 2020. There is a low-income senior parcel tax exemption available to homeowners who meet certain criteria. You must re-apply every year. Applications must be received or postmarked by June 30, 2021 to be considered for the 2021-22 tax year.

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Fireworks Safety Month

June 7, 2021 

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. The only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show. With many professional firework shows being canceled this year, it is important to know that fireworks are not safe in the hands of consumers.

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Paved Fuel Reduction Dates For June 2021

June 7, 2021 

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has made the reduction of flammable vegetation that surrounds us one of its biggest priorities. To that end, The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to the following neighborhoods listed below with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets.

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BBQ Safety Tips

May 28, 2021 

When the warmer weather hits, there’s nothing better than the smell of food on the grill. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries.

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CERT Hybrid Training Recap May 2021

May 20, 2021 

In a large-scale disaster, both self-reliance and the use of volunteers under professional assistance will be necessary to help our community bounce back from a natural disaster. With this in mind, the fire departments and districts in Marin County have been offering a program in Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) for civilians.

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Wind Advisory In Effect 2PM through 9PM Thursday, May 20

May 20, 2021 

Strong coastal winds expected this Thursday afternoon and evening with gusts up to 50 mph. throughout San Francisco, Coastal North Bay Including Point Reyes National Seashore, San Francisco Peninsula Coast and Southern Monterey Bay and Big Sur Coast. This includes Highway 1.

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Red Flag Warning Extended thru 6PM Tuesday, May 11th

May 7, 2021 

Update: Now extended through 6PM Tuesday, May 11th.

The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a Red Flag Warning for North and East Bay hills as well as East Bay interior valleys from 11 pm Friday, May 7th through 6 am Monday, May 10th.



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Paved Road Fuel Reduction Event For May 2021

May 6, 2021 

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has made the reduction of flammable vegetation that surrounds us one of its biggest priorities. To that end, The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to the following neighborhoods listed below with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets.

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May is Wildfire Awareness Month

May 6, 2021 

We are all adjusting to new schedules and routines due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One thing many of us have in common is we are spending more time at home which makes it especially important to prepare and protect our homes. As hotter, drier weather of summer approaches, the risk of wildfire increases.

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2021 Fire Season Outlook Report

April 20, 2021 

At the Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Committee meeting on April 13, 2021, the Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) Chair Directors received an update on the 2021 Fire Season Outlook report which forecasted the 2021 fire season.

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Paved Road Fuel Reduction Events For April 2021

April 2, 2021 

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has made the reduction of flammable vegetation that surrounds us one of its biggest priorities. To that end, The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to the following neighborhoods listed below with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets.

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Southern Marin Fire District Launches Diversity Initiatives

April 1, 2021 

At their meeting on March 24, 2021, the Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) Board of Directors received an update on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) activities and adopted three strategic initiatives with the goal of creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive agency and culture.

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Tsunami Preparedness Week - March 25th - 29th

March 18, 2021 

California's Tsunami Preparedness Week is March 25 - 29. Cal OES, the California Geological Survey, and the National Weather Service coordinate through the California Tsunami Program to assist local coastal partners with planning activities. During Tsunami Preparedness Week, the California Tsunami Program will support local partners by presenting information to community members, participating in evacuation exercises, community drills (tsunami walks), and staffing information booths at preparedness fairs.

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Mill Valley NRG Emergency Drill - Save The Date

March 11, 2021 

Sunday, March 14th it will be time to change your clocks forward and for Mill Valley NRG's semi annual HELP/OK sign drill. This is the bi-annual drill which serves as a practice for Block Captains to walk their neighborhoods and observe the OK/HELP signs that neighbors will post.

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Beach Hazards Statement - Monday, March 8, 2021

March 8, 2021 
A large northwest swell has arrived and will bring hazardous large breaking waves of 15 to 20+ feet to the coast through the day.
Remain vigilant if visiting the coast today and avoid venturing in the frigid, restless water near large shore break spots.
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Beach Hazard Statement & Small Craft Advisory in effect tonight, March 3rd through Friday, March 5th

March 3, 2021 

Beach Hazard Statement & Small Craft Advisory in effect tonight, March 3rd through Friday, March 5th

Long period northwest swell will arrive Thursday morning and will bring an increased risk of sneaker waves, rip currents, long shore currents, and there could be hard breaking surf on steep beaches. There is the potential that these conditions will transition into high surf on Friday.


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PAVED FUEL REDUCTION DATES FOR MARCH 2021

March 1, 2021 

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has made the reduction of flammable vegetation that surrounds us one of its biggest priorities. To that end, The District’s multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to the following neighborhoods listed below with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, windy streets.

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Gusty North-Northeastern Winds Return - February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021 

Increasing winds with stronger gusts are expected Tuesday night over the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills. By Wednesday, the system will drop into Southern Utah and as it strengthens will further increase winds over Coastal California. Strong winds gusts can be expected at higher elevations of the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills on Wednesday.

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Download PulsePoint - Save A Life

February 19, 2021 

PulsePoint is a 911-connected app that can immediately inform you of emergencies occurring in your community and can request your help when CPR is needed nearby.


If you're CPR-certified, download the PulsePoint app today so you could help someone nearby in case of cardiac arrest.


Learn more at pulsepoint.org

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Smoke and Traffic Advisory For 2/11/21

February 4, 2021 

Marin County Fire Department will be pile burning along the defensible space corridor south of Baltimore Canyon.There may be smoke in the air for approximately 7 hours. Travelers in the Baltimore Canyon area may see smoke in the air or experience slowing traffic. This is a controlled burn conducted under a burn permit issued by Marin County Fire Department. Do not call 911 to report.

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Heating Your Home Safely

January 28, 2021 

Did you know? Home fires occur more in the winter months than any other time of the year. Follow these general heating tips to help prevent winter fires and to stay safe this winter season.


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Smoke and Traffic Advisory for 1/21/21

January 21, 2021 

Per Marin County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, Janaury 21st, 2021:

There may be smoke in the air for approximately 7 hours. Travelers in the Stinson Beach and Bolinas area may see smoke in the air or experience slowing traffic. This is a controlled burn conducted under a burn permit issued by Marin County Fire Department. Do not call 911 to report.

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Fire Safety Resolutions

January 4, 2021 

The New Year is upon us, which means time to make your New Year’s resolutions. Why not make improved fire safety one of your resolutions? After all, this is the sort of resolution that will benefit you and your family.

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High Tides for January 2021

January 1, 2021 

Are you READY for High Tides?

Southern Marin Fire Department strongly encourages residents in low-lying areas to prepare for all upcoming high tide events.

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Holiday Season Safety Tips

December 10, 2020 

Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

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Christmas Tree Safety

December 3, 2020 

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

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Follow-up to this Past Weekend's Demonstrations

November 5, 2020 

The Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) has been made aware of a political demonstration in Sonoma and Marin Counties this weekend. During this demonstration, a non-SMFD, privately-owned fire engine participated in the event.

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How Do I Sign Up for Public Safety Alerts?

October 21, 2020 

Here is what we recommend:

Public Safety Alerts are like Swiss Cheese - None of them are without holes. But if you opt in or are aware of multiple methods to receive alerts and find news, then the holes get smaller and you have a greater chance of being informed in an emergency.

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Register For The Great Shakeout

October 8, 2020 

The Great ShakeOut is the world’s largest Earthquake drill! Each year, on the third Thursday in October (this year it’s October 15th), participants all over the world use this opportunity to practice what they would do in case an earthquake occurred suddenly: Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

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Ways To Protect Your Home During Wildfire Season

September 19, 2020 
Time to prepare your home for wildfire season. Southern Marin Fire District and Mill Vlley Fire Department have been performing defensible inspections, and based on more extreme fire incidents we are asking residents to do more than in the past. Together, we will work to protect your homes and keep our community safe.
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Fire-Smart Landscaping

September 3, 2020 

A fire-smart landscape isn’t necessarily the same thing as a well-maintained yard. This type of landscape uses fire-smart plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of fire to your home. Fire-smart plants are great in California because they are often drought tolerant, too.

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Have questions about fire evacuation?

August 27, 2020 

Have questions about fire evacuation? As we all know our fire season is off to a start. Our primary concern for citizens of Southern Marin is how to prepare you if ordered to evacuate. This video will be beneficial in helping you and your family stay safe during a wildfire evacuation.

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Fire Season – Well underway!

August 25, 2020 

The Mill Valley Fire Department and the Southern Marin Fire Protection District Fire Season update with links to evacuation information and for preparing your home.

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Preparing for Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS)

August 21, 2020 

We have already had one Red Flag Day this fire season, and there are more to come. The new National Interagency Fire Center wildland fire potential outlook continues to favor above normal significant wildland fire potential for most of Northern CA through October.

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Mask Up Mill Valley

August 18, 2020 

Mask Up Mill Valley Campaign Effort Under Way - Free masks for customers visiting local businesses, sponsored by City of Mill Valley's Emergency Preparedness Commission and the Mill Valley Chamber.

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Life-Saving App Debuts in Marin County

February 18, 2020 

A new application for mobile devices now available in Marin County is designed to provide the public with real-time fire agency incident information and to locate CPR-trained people near someone in cardiac arrest.

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Miller / Sunnyside Avenue Collision

January 22, 2020 

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at approximately 1830 hours, Mill Valley Officers were dispatched to a major injury collision near the intersection of Sunnyside Avenue and Miller Avenue.

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Mill Valley Fire Department and Outdoor Art Club Host Successful Wildfire Prevention Event

December 6, 2019 

On November 7th, Mill Valley Fire Chief Tom Welch and Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Maggie Lang met with approximately 120 members of the Outdoor Art Club and the greater Mill Valley Community to discuss important elements of defensible space near homes, family preparedness as well as essential information regarding neighborhood and community evacuation. The event was well received by the Club and community with an active dialogue during the follow-up question and answer session.

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Power Outage Recap and Next Steps

November 18, 2019 

On the heels of a smaller PG&E power outage on October 9 that impacted about 800 residents, Mill Valley experienced a widespread PG&E power outage beginning the evening of Saturday, October 26 and extended to the afternoon/early evening of Tuesday, October 29. The “Public Safety Power Shutoff” (PSPS) is PG&E’s pre-emptive wildfire prevention safety response to a predicted strong wind event combined with high fire danger conditions throughout Northern California.

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Earthquake Preparedness and Safety Tips

October 31, 2019 

On Monday October 14, 2019 at 10:30pm, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake originating in the East Bay hit Mill Valley and Southern Marin. No major injuries were reported. But seismologists warn us not to become complacent - more earthquakes are likely and the time to prepare is now.

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Mill Valley City Council Supports Countywide Wildfire Prevention Initiative

October 23, 2019 

October 23, 2019

At their October 21, 2019 meeting, Mill Valley City Council members adopted a Resolution authorizing the City of Mill Valley's participation in the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JPA) to participate in and form the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority. The Council also requested that the County of Marin place a Parcel Tax Measure on the March 3, 2020 ballot for a term of 10 years.

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Fern Canyon Road Fire Update

October 9, 2019 

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at approximately 7:45 PM, Mill Valley Police Department was notified of possible fireworks activity on Fern Canyon Road in Mill Valley.

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Brush Fire on Fern Canyon Rd

October 8, 2019 

October 8, 2019 - 8:30 pm

A small 2 acre brush fire has been contained in Mill Valley - on Fern Canyon Road. There are no evacuation orders at this time. Units will remain on scene to conduct 'mop up' activities.

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Firework Safety

June 25, 2019 

Stay safe on the Fourth of July!

The Fourth of July celebration is coming up. With that the Mill Valley Fire Department wants to remind you to stay safe and enjoy responsibly. Fireworks are still illegal in the county of Marin. There are plenty of venues around the bay to get your firework fill.

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22nd Annual North Bay Firefighters Relay to Benefit Burn Survivors

June 12, 2019 

Monday, June 17 North Bay Fire Engine Companies will participate in the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Relay. Fire engines and trucks as far as the eye can see will be part of a procession traveling through the North Bay stopping at participating fire stations to raise awareness and gather donations for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. The relay procession is estimated to arrive at the Mill Valley Main Fire Station 7, 1 Hamilton Drive, Mill Valley at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

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City of Mill Valley Conducts Annual Evacuation Drill

May 18, 2019 

The City of Mill Valley conducted its Annual Evacuation Drill on May 18, 2019 with over 170 residents participating. The drill focused on the Scott Valley and Alto/Sutton Manor neighborhoods – an area of town in the Wildland Urban Interface, an area where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildland fire.

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Annual Evacuation Drill

May 15, 2019 

Join us for the Annual Evacuation Drill in Scott Valley, Alto/Sutton Manor, and Surrounding Neighborhoods on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9 am-12 pm.

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Marin Community Wildfire Forum

April 29, 2019 

Please join the County of Marin and local fire agencies on May 4, 2019 at 10AM at Embassy Suites in San Rafael for a FREE community presentation and panel discussion on wildfire preparedness.

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Controlled burn completed

April 9, 2019 

Crews from Mill Valley and Central Marin fire departments will work with Open Space District rangers to conduct controlled pile burning on Wednesday and Thursday, April 10th and 11th, during daylight hours in the Horse Hill Preserve. Burn crews are monitoring air quality conditions and will coordinate with air quality management officials to avoid the impacts of smoke.


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Fire Prevention and Preparedness Community Meeting

April 4, 2019 

At their recent Community Meeting on Monday, March 25, 2019, the Mill Valley City Council and Fire Officials presented to an audience of over 350 community members the proposed Vegetation Management Ordinance, which would require eliminating most vegetation within 3 feet of homes/buildings, as well as an update on recent fire prevention and preparedness activities, evacuation plans, and emergency communications.

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PG&E inspections began in March as part of enhanced wildfire safety efforts

March 14, 2019 

As part of enhanced wildfire safety efforts, implemented following the recent wildfires as additional precautionary measures intended to further reduce wildfire risks, PG&E is performing accelerated safety inspections of electric infrastructure in areas of higher wildfire risk. These enhanced and accelerated inspections involve approximately 685,000 PG&E distribution poles and 50,000 PG&E transmission structures in high fire-threat areas across PG&E’s service territory.

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Update on Fire Preparedness and Prevention Initiatives

January 29, 2019 

Following the 2017 Sonoma/Napa conflagrations, which have now been eclipsed by the mega-fires in Shasta and Butte Counties, the Mill Valley Fire Department has been actively evaluating/implementing programs and processes to ensure our lowest overall community risk possible.

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Mill Valley’s Response to Last Week’s Bomb Threat

December 5, 2018 

On November 27th, the City of Mill Valley Police and Fire Departments received notice of a bomb threat at the Mill Valley Middle School. School officials quickly placed the entire campus of approximately 1200 students, teachers, staff and administrators on shelter in place, and then ordered an evacuation to the Mill Valley Community Center.

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Fire Engines Staging Today (9/20)- Standard Procedure

September 20, 2018 

Battalion Chief Scott Barnes is leading a "Strike Team" of 5 fire engines to position themselves on Mill Valley fire roads today. You may see them driving through town. This is a standard procedure in response to the Red Flag Warning that is in effect today.

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September is National Preparedness Month

September 12, 2018 

You’ve been putting this off for a long time. Take a few easy steps and make an emergency plan that will increase the odds that your family will be resilient following a large-scale emergency/disaster.

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1/2 Acre Vegetation Fire Quickly Contained

August 17, 2018 

A small half acre vegetation fire was reported around 2:34pm, Mill Valley Fire Department and neighboring agencies responded immediately and the fire was deemed contained by 2:52pm. No evacuations are in effect and no structures were threatened, though we do ask you to avoid the area as emergency crews finish up.

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Mill Valley Fire Department Conducts Emergency Siren Demonstration

June 18, 2018 

On June 14, 2018, the Mill Valley Fire Department conducted a demonstration of a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) at the Public Safety Building with all of the Marin County Fire Chiefs in attendance. This test is in furtherance of the Fire Department’s initiative to improve the City’s readiness and responsiveness to a significant fire event, such as the wildfires experienced in Napa and Sonoma in 2017.

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Road Closure at 70 Hillside

May 15, 2018 

Road Closed at 70 Hillside due to a small gas line break. First responders are on scene. No need to shelter in place. Avoid area & find alternate routes. We will post when road is opened.

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Wildland Fire Season Has Begun: Prepare Today!

May 10, 2018 

In the wake of recent devastating fires, the Mill Valley Fire Department and Emergency Preparedness Commission urges you to act now to prepare for the upcoming fire season.

“It is hard to say how this fire season will shape up,” Fire Chief Tom Welch said at a recent Get Ready Mill Valley meeting. “If it is anything like the previous ones, we could be in for a doozy.”

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Red Flag Warning Issued for North Bay

October 13, 2017 

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning with gusty winds and low humidity today throug Saturday. The increasing wind and low humidity will generate critical fire weather conditions again over Northern California.

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Unhealthy Air Quality Today - 10/12/2017

October 12, 2017 

Today's air quality level is now at the "Red" level, which means
"Unhealthy." People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

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How You Can Help Relief Efforts in the North Bay

October 12, 2017 

We have received many inquiries from Mill Valley residents to find out how they can help those impacted by the fires that have destroyed so many neighborhoods in the North Bay. We have assembled the following list of resources for community members to donate, volunteer, and assist in any way they can.

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Prepare Your Household for an Emergency

October 12, 2017 

The North Bay fires serve as a stark reminder that disaster can strike at any time. Disaster planning is about keeping you safe, warm, and fed after a disaster. ReadyMarin.org suggests you prepare for 5-7 days without power or utilities.Getting prepared can seem overwhelming. Here are some simple steps to get you started.

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Mill Valley Impacted by the North Bay Fires

October 12, 2017 

Approximately 29 City of Mill Valley employees in addition to teachers and staff in the Mill Valley and Tamalpais School Districts, and employees in businesses throughout town live in neighborhoods that have been evacuated, are on standby to evacuate, or are helping family evacuate or prepare to evacuate.

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Support for City Staff Impacted by Sonoma & Napa Fires

October 9, 2017 

We have learned that our Mill Valley Fire Chief, Tom Welch, a resident of Santa Rosa, has lost his family home due to the wildfires in the region. His family is safe. At this point we are still learning how other City of Mill Valley employees are impacted as well.

A “YouCaring” site has been set up to assist Chief Welch and other families. Click here to donate.

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this disaster.

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Fire Prevention Week is here!

October 9, 2017 

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

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Emergency Preparedness in Mill Valley – How to Get Involved

September 25, 2017 

Every September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and first responder groups observe National Preparedness Month. It is a time when communities are encouraged to take steps to prepare for natural and man-made emergencies in their homes, schools, and businesses. As the month draws to a close, it’s important for us to look within our own community of Mill Valley to learn how we can be better prepared to help our families and our neighbors. The city’s Emergency Preparedness Commission offers suggestions on how to make an emergency plan, how to get ready to shelter at home, and how to get ready to evacuate should you need to leave your home on quick notice, For futher information, please visit City of Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness or Ready Marin.

Recognizing that Mill Valley is unique in that it is located between two major fault lines and lies within a wildfire threat zone, many people want to be ready to help not just their families, but their wider communities. Should an emergency occur, only the first responders that are on duty within the city and county will be available to assist initially. Many first responders do not reside within Mill Valley or even Marin County’s borders. Therefore, it’s critical that our citizens be trained to help fill the gap between the disaster event and the arrival of professional help.

A message from Michelle Godard Terrell, Mill Valley resident and member of the City of Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission

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FIRE IN MARIN! FREE 2-HOUR CLASS

September 5, 2017 

FIRE IN MARIN! FREE 2-HOUR CLASS

Come learn why our communities are at great risk for a catastrophic fire and what you can do about it. Learn how to create and implement attractive landscaping that complies with your Fire Department’s Defensible Space regulations.The class also covers how to make your home more fire resistant and what you need to know to be ready to evacuate if needed.

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Recent Small Earthquake – Big Message

August 28, 2017 

Small Earthquake – Big Message

On August 22, 2017 a 3.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean.

Approximately 7 miles outside the San Francisco Bay. Although the earthquake was relatively small and resulted in no appreciable damage, the Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC) urges you to take heed prior to the “big one”. This small quake was in the same general location as the 1906 earthquake that so devastated San Francisco. The U.S. Geological Survey states there is a 72% probability of a significant earthquake at some point before 2043.

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The 2017 Evacuation Drill is a Great Success!

May 22, 2017 

The City of Mill Valley conducted its 10th Annual City-wide area evacuation drill on May 20, 2017. The drill targeted the Edgewood/ Homestead Valley neighborhoods and was conducted in collaboration with the Southern Marin Fire Protection District, PG&E, and many other agencies.

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Your MST At Work

November 3, 2016 

The funds generated by the Municipal Service Tax improve the condition of City streets, reduce fire hazards, and shorten emergency response times.

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With Fire Season Upon Us, Firefighters Set Up Weed Abatement Efforts

May 18, 2016 

Mill Valley residents and property owners – particularly those living in areas adjacent to open space – will be seeing much more of Mill Valley Fire Department personnel in the coming weeks. Those visits won’t be of the flashing lights and sirens variety – in fact, they’re specifically designed to prevent them.

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