Fall 2019 Newsletter

Wildland Fire Season Is Here: Be Prepared!

With vivid memories of the devastating wildfires that swept through Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake and Butte Counties in just the past two years, the City of Mill Valley, Mill Valley Fire Department and Emergency Preparedness Commission urge you to act NOW to prepare for a wildfire emergency.

Due to the imminent threat that wildland fire poses to our steep sloped, vegetation-heavy community, the Mill Valley City Council is in the process of enacting some of the strictest fire safety regulations in the state. A new vegetation ordinance mandates the immediate removal of 10 species of flammable plants from all properties in the “wildland urban interface” (roughly 75% of Mill Valley residential properties), and strongly recommends a three-foot hardscape barrier zone around all homes, decks and structures.

Mill Valley Fire Chief Tom Welch, who has issued stark warnings at recent community meetings, has publicly praised longtime Mill Valley resident and homeowner Bob Emrich for his efforts in helping his neighbors clear flammable vegetation from their properties. For example, soon after the Santa Rosa fires, Bob mobilized his Middle Ridge neighborhood to remove nearly 50 tons of fire fuel and establish an official “Firewise USA” site.

But that’s just the beginning. Bob has seen how much more work remains to keep his beloved community safe. Responding to this urgent call to action, and the numerous complaints he has heard about the high fees charged by commercial tree operations, Bob formed his own company, Bob’s Firesafe Team, Inc. (dba “Bob’s Tree Service”), to meet the area’s growing demand for cheaper and more reliable vegetation removal services. Bob is currently working with local fire officials to educate homeowners regarding compliance issues.

Bob’s Firesafe Team joins the City of Mill Valley and the Mill Valley Fire Dept. in reminding us all to do everything we can to make our homes and community more fire safe. 

Links to PG&E’s New Wildfire preparedness Tools

Safety Action Center

Weather Awareness

Wildfire Safety

What Can You Do to Prepare?

Clear vegetation around your property

Check out the new Defensible Space App

Request a free residential fire assessment.

Prepare for an evacuation: pack your Grab-and-Go bag, learn two ways to evacuate from your neighborhood (both walking and driving), get to know your neighbors and be willing to help in the event of an emergency.

Collect and maintain 5-7 days of supplies should you have to shelter in place.

Sign up for emergency alerts at AlertMarin and Mill Valley Nixle.