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Fire In Marin

We had a successful seminar with the help of many of our DCBNA volunteers.  Thank you to Fire Chief Chris Gray, speaker Katherine Randolph and all who helped out with the event.  About 300 neighbors came to learn how to prepare for the event of fire danger.


Summer Scoop 2018

Summer Scoop

Thank you all who volunteered and attended the ice cream social at Dominican University on Meadowlands lawn.  We had a blast, variety of ice cream flavors and neighbors got to greet and meet each other.  The weather was perfect on the lawn, and children enjoyed face-painting and arts and crafts.  We not only greeted and met each other but socialized as well.

FIRE IN MARIN! Free Seminar

This “Fire in Marin” seminar at Angelico Hall (Edited), DUC, presented by Katherine Randolph, is the most comprehensive and detailed seminar given to teach the defense of home and life in the face of a wildfire. Your SR Fire Department, the Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Association, and the Dominican University emphatically encourage you to attend to learn how to save your home and your life.

DBCNA Annual Neighborhood Meeting Summary

On May 5th, prior to the Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Association’s Wildfire Defense Forum, the Association held a brief annual business meeting at the Creekside Room at which time two items were brought to the members’ attention following the call to order at 10:04am.

First, in the interest of time, a printed copy of the Treasurer’s Report was provided to all attendees, and anyone wishing to pursue a more detailed accounting or having questions was asked to follow up with Bonnie Marks, Treasurer, at the end of the meeting.  Bonne reported that there were no questions.

Second, for those positions on the Board whose two-year terms were expiring, the President introduced a slate of nominees for two-year terms beginning effective June 1, 2018 as follows:

For Vice-President: Jay Hubert*

For Treasurer: Bonnie Marks*

For Directors:  Robert Levine*, John Contini, Liza Moran

Motion was made, seconded and passed without discussion to place the above names in nomination.

A call was made for further nominations from the floor: none were made.

Motion was made, seconded and passed without discussion to elect the above slate by acclamation.

The business meeting was concluded at 10:17am and the Wildfire Defense Forum was begun with the first speaker.

Here is a list of the Wildfire Defense Forum speakers and a link to their presentations:

Richard Shortall, President of the Fire Safe Marin Council and President of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District presentation: Fire Preparedness

Fire Inspector Marshall Nau of the SR Fire Dept., Vegetation Management Coordinator presentation: Hazardous Assessments

Katherine Randolph, Marin Master Gardener presentation:  Vegetation

Diana Bishop, SR Chief of Police presentation: Evacuation Plans

Respectfully submitted,

Jack Nixon, President

FireWise Expenditure Form for 2017


Yesterday, May 5th, the DBCNA held a Wildfire Defense Forum on the Dominican campus. Those who attended remarked that it was an exceptionally worthwhile event, providing highly useful information.

Now your Neighborhood Association will proceed with applying for a FireWise Certification for Dominican Black Canyon. This certification will benefit our community in, at a minimum, several ways, e.g., the advantages of discounted property insurance rates, the protection from blanket termination of insurance, and continuation of chipper days, to name a few.

The next important step toward FireWise certification is documenting that the neighborhood has already made efforts towards reducing fire risk.  These efforts can be either monetary or time-related.  Any time or money spent toward fire risk reduction counts.

In order to qualify for FireWise certification, DBCNA needs to document outlay of approximately $23,000 total for the entire neighborhood in 2017 (about $24 per household).  Time logged in fire reducing efforts are logged at $24 per hour (the federal volunteer hourly rate). We need your help in documenting that we have reached the FireWise required cumulative total.  You can do this by sending the DBCNA your expenditures from 2017 that will easily allow us to reach that number!


Please submit this form of estimated expenses or time spent towards reducing fire risk for your property in calendar year 2017.

Name: ______________________________


Total expense paid: _________________

Total hours of unpaid labor: _________

You can send this information by:

1. Go online and complete the brief FireWise Expenditure Form 

2. Email Jay Hubert (Fire Committee Chair) at:

3. Print this page, complete the information above and mail to:
P.O. Box 151702
San Rafael, CA 94915-1702

Here is an example on how to complete this form:

John Smith
360 Locust Ave

Total expense paid (to gardeners, contractors, etc): $4200

Total hours of unpaid labor (your hours working on the property): 20

Thank you for helping support this important effort.  If you would kindly submit your form by Friday, May 25th that would be greatly appreciated.

UPDATE Wildfire Defense Forum – May 5th

The Action is Saturday, May 5th, 10am, Creekside Room

“Just the Facts, Ma’am, Just the Facts!”

Remember this line by Detective Friday on the TV series “Dragnet?”  Well, getting you the facts on Wildfire Defense of your home and your life is the goal of your Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Assn. at our Wildfire Defense Forum at 10am on Saturday, May 5, Creekside Room at the cafeteria building on the Dominican U. campus: four authorities in their respective fields will present “the facts” that each of us must know to be prepared.  We must learn now: when wildfire threatens, there will be no time for learning.  Preparing for a wildfire is not someone else’s problem: it is our problem.

Our Speakers:

Richard Shortall is President of the Fire Safe Marin Council and President of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District. A retired SFFD Assistant Deputy Fire Chief, Rich Shortall will address 1) personal preparedness and evacuation pre-planning; 2) what is entailed in creating your defensible space around your home; 3) actions you can take to reduce your home’s structural ignitability (roof, vents and openings, decks, etc.; and 4) possible gaps in your homeowner policy’s replacement coverage and/or building code upgrade coverage.

Fire Inspector Marshall Nau of the SR Fire Dept. is a Vegetation Management Coordinator tasked with protecting the City’s residents and open space from wildfire threats by regularly conducting hazard assessments and inspections for and with residents. His remarks will cover what he looks for in assessing property hazards plus he will explain the city ordinance requiring his assessment efforts.

Katherine Randolph served on the Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission for four years, during which time she researched the risk of catastrophic fire in Marin, noting that few residents were taking action on fire departments’ advice, so she began teaching wildfire defense:  over ten years, over 1,200 Marin residents have taken her free class. A Marin Master Gardener, Katherine will explain the why and the how of creating an attractive defensible space—what readily burns, what doesn’t, and where to plant it, and what residents must know about evacuation preparedness.

Diana Bishop, our SR Chief of Police and a 33-year veteran of law enforcement who holds multiple degrees in public administration, isresponsible for the evacuation of our area when a wildfire occurs. She will explain how her police force will direct a Dominican Black Canyon wildfire evacuation plus the routes andprocedures for evacuation which each resident should know.  Chief Bishop will project the maps of Dominican Black Canyon for her explanation of the evacuation process.

Each speaker will use visuals and have a tight time schedule to follow.

Please schedule 10am, May 5, at the Creekside Room for the facts on wildfire defense in our Dominican neighborhood. Talks will end NLT 11:31am with a Q&A scheduled until noon.

Thank you.

Your Dominican Black Canyon Neighborhood Assn. Directors and FireSafe Committee.

Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided by the DBCNA.