Help us keep our neighborhood safe and get involved in our efforts to create a Firewise Community. FireSafe Marin’s website http://www.firesafemarin.org. provides information on fire preparedness, such as creating a defensible space around your home, hardening your house as well as evacuation checklists. There is also information on what a FireWise Community is and how we can become one. There is much to learn from the devastating fires in Santa Rosa and even from our own neighborhood fires in the past. To assist the Dominican FireWise Committee, or for more information about the Committee and our Firewise Community application, please contact Jay Hubert, Chair of the Fire Preparedness Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting from January 25, 2018:
The Dominican Neighborhood Association FireSafe Committee held its first meeting last week to begin work on our application to qualify Dominican as a Firewise Community. Qualifying will make us eligible for state and federal grants for wildfire prevention projects, help protect homeowners from losing their fire insurance, support free chipper days, and help us plan as a community to prepare for catastrophic wildfire. The first big step is for us to prepare a community wildfire hazard assessment report. This includes preparing a history of wildfires in Dominican. For this, we are looking for a community volunteer to do research at the Marin History Museum. If you would like to contribute by doing this research, please contact Committee Chair Jay Hubert at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for updates on our progress towards becoming a Firewise Community!
Meeting from February 10, 2018
This week a group of Dominican homeowners participated in a neighborhood wildfire preparedness tour organized by Paul Minault of the Dominican FireWise Committee and led by Todd Lando, Coordinator of Firewise Marin. The tour went through backyards with the most challenging conditions, including steep slopes, dense trees, and multiple tree species. Todd explained how to manage trees and shrubs to create defensible space, protect vegetation from wildfire and “harden” the exterior of older homes to prevent ember intrusion, spot fires and the failure of windows and siding due to flames and heat. Pat Bignardi, Vegetation Management Specialist with the San Rafael Fire Department, participated with his advice in this “walk through.”
Our FireWise Committee will be organizing additional tours to educate Dominican residents on the steps they can take to protect their homes from catastrophic wildfire. Stay tuned for the next tour date.