The DBCNA Wildfire Defense Bulletin No. 5

On How to Save Your Home and Your Life

In June, Dominican / Black Canyon was recognized by FireWise USA as meeting requirements as a FireWise site. For our homeowners, recognition means:

  • Insurance companies are less likely to cancel policies

  • Some insurance companies (notably USAA) offer discounts on insurance

  • We qualify for funding for “Chipper Days” from FireSafe Marin

  • We have an active plan to reduce risk of fire

While recognition is beneficial, on-going efforts to “harden homes” by home owners along with “walk-through-the-yard” inspections from the San Rafael Fire Department, our own Bulletins and the seminar on August 26 by Katherine Randolph are essential.

Latest report from the San Rafael Fire Dept. Inspectors
“All the homes on Lillian Lane, parts of Glen Park Avenue, Hacienda Court have been inspected. Inspections on Villa Avenue have begun. Citations were issued to land owners that affect the Dominican Neighborhood. These three parcels are shown on the map below:


All three land owners have cooperated, including the owner of an 18 acre ($150,000 project) shaded fuel break from Dominican Drive, Glen Park, and Villa Avenue. French Broom adjacent to the homes on Hacienda in open space has been cleared. Vegetation has been cleared for 10 feet on both sides of Aquinas and Scettrini fire roads into open space.”

Doing our part as homeowners:
As much as San Rafael Fire has done, nevertheless, the residents of Dominican/Black Canyon need to do our part to keep our community safe. Create defensible space near your home and harden your home against wildfire. Track your labor and expenses so we can maintain our certification. We would love to publicize before and after photos of your efforts.