Prescribed Burns April 15, 19 & 20 in Larkspur

Prescribed burns are planned in the Citron Bowl of the King Mountain Open Space Preserve near Larkspur April 15, 19 & 20, 2021.  Weather dependent, the burning will begin Thursday, April 15, at 10am. Crews will complete the burns Monday, April 19 and Tusday April 20 if needed. Please understand that this date is fluid and the final decision is made early on the morning of the planned burn, to evaluate actual weather conditions that day. Final burn decisions are made based on safety and air quality. Bay Area Air quality permissive burn status can be monitored here - https://www.baaqmd.gov/permits/open-burn.
 
This project aims to use prescribed burning to remove piles of vegetation cut in the fall and winter of 2020 as part of a fire hazard reduction and invasive plant removal project in the Citron Bowl area of the King Mountain Open Space Preserve. The Tamalpais Fire Crew from Marin County Fire Department will conduct the burns, in cooperation with Central Marin Fire Department and Marin County Parks and Open Space.

For more information, contact Todd Lando, Hazard Mitigation Specialist at Central Marin Fire Department (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Fire Hazard Mitigation Work to Begin along Railroad Tunnel Bike Path in Early April

Central Marin Fire Department and Marin County Parks will begin phase one of a planned fire hazard reduction project April  5, on County owned land near the railroad tunnel bike path between Tunnel Lane and Montecito Drive. Funded primarily by Marin Tax Measure C (2020) and the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA), this project aims to control the spread of invasive, fire-hazardous vegetation like french broom, reduce the buildup of dead vegetation that might increase the intensity of wildfires, improve the safety of evacuation routes and nearby homes, and restore the health of native plants and wildlife habitat. 
 
Work will continue in phases through 2021, beginning with manual broom pulling and picking up dead and down woody material without the use of machinery to occur for 5 days in early April. A second phase, to include tree pruning and removal of larger material will resume after July 31.
 
The area was surveyed by Marin County Parks biologists to ensure the safety of nesting birds, bats, and woodrats and cleared for hand work to begin immediately. Additional information on Central Marin Fire Department's wildfire hazard mitigation program, and Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority is available at www.centralmarinfire.org and www.marinwildfire.org

Employment Opportunity: Greater Ross Valley Wildfire Mitigation Specialist/Defensible Space Lead

The Greater Ross Valley Fire Agencies (Marin County Fire Department, Ross Valley Fire Department, Kentfield Fire Protection District, and Central Marin Fire Authority) are seeking to fill the position of Defensible Space Lead position. Fixed-term appointments may be made for up to a one-year period. Continued appointment in this position is contingent upon funding and job performance. This is an “at will” position. This position has limited benefits available and will be fully funded through the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA).

Under general direction, the Wildfire Mitigation Specialist/Defensible Space Lead develops, plans, oversees, and monitors vegetation management projects and/or programs, including projects related to fire fuel modification, working closely with local fire agencies, public land managers, nongovernmental organizations, and adjacent private property owners; provides lead direction to assigned staff; manages the “Defensible Space” inspection program, and performs related duties as assigned.

This position is being offered by Ross Valley Fire Department, and prospective candicdates should visit their employment page here.

Controlled Burns in Larkspur: February 8-11, 2021

Marin County Open Space District staff maintenance crew plan to burn the vegetation piles at Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve (243-323 Wilson Way and Hatzic Ct) 2/8- 2/11.  This is a planned burn of vegetation cut earlier in the season.  The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) permit is weather and wind dependent - crews will be on site at approximately 8am to begin preparations and will commence igniting piles at 10am. This work is planned but tentative, so if Open Space staff are unable to proceed they will look for other opportunities to address these piles in the coming months.  Fire suppression equipment from Marin County Open Space (hoses, vehicles) will all be on site and crews will be monitoring/tending piles closely. 

Local residents should experience minimal air quality impacts, as the operation plan is to burn the piles as hot as possible which creates little smoke as possible (but not smoke-free).  Residents with smoke sensitivities or other health considerations may want to plan to be elsewhere during these operations, from approximately 9am to 4pm. 

This type of controled pile burning to reduce wildfire vegetation fuels is a valuable tool to help reduce hazardous vegetation on open space lands near homes, and is conducted in a safe manner only when weather and vegetation conditions allow.

Employment Opportunity: Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority Planning and Program Manager of Operations

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Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority
Planning and Program Manager of Operations
ESTIMATED RANGE OF COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Full Time Compensation: $95,000 - $130,000 Annual
With benefits in Accordance with Authority Policies

Join an innovative new organization created in 2020 to address the threat of catastrophic wildfire in Marin County, California. The visionary voters of Marin County passed Measure C, “The Marin Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Initiative.” As we have seen in the last several years, fires know no boundaries, and the voters in Marin County have recognized the time is now to prepare and plan for addressing this massive risk. A groundbreaking endeavor and the first of its kind in the State of California, the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) was born out of Measure C and is now positioned as the central coordinating agency charged with addressing the risk of wildfire in Marin County. Under this voter approved initiative, MWPA will enable the 17 local fire agencies serving Marin County to work together as a single Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to develop and implement a comprehensive wildfire prevention and emergency
preparedness and response plan for Marin County. The newly created agency has a 17- member Board of Directors, an Operations Committee, and an Advisory/Technical Committee all working together to address the following:

  • Defensible space around homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure, get the initiative up and running
  • Vegetation Management and Fire Hazard Reduction
  • Early Alerts and Organized Evacuations

At this time, the MWPA’s staff includes an Executive Officer, and part-time support services provided by staff from Southern Marin Fire District. The newly created Planning and Program Manager of Operations Position is the first position created to help implement the plan. MWPA is seeking a highly motivated self-starter who is passionate about the mission of the organization and inspired to take on the challenge of helping to build a new organization from the ground up. This position will be key to the success of the organization with primary responsibility for leading the implementation of MWPA’s operational and environmental services programs.

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, resume, the attached Supplemental Questionnaire, 3 professional and 1 personal reference via email to Liza Andre, Human Resources Manager, Southern Marin Fire District: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information on the position, please visit https://www.marinwildfire.org/mwpa-staff

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Greenbrae Hills Nationally Recognized as Firewise USA Site

Central Marin Fire Department congratulates the resident of Greenbrae on their achievement of national recognition as a Firewise USA Site! We thank all Greenbrae residents for their work to reduce wildfire risk and build a more wildfire resilient community.

The Firewise USA Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. The program provides resources to help homeowners learn how to adapt to living with wildfire while encouraging and empowering neighbors to work together to take action now to reduce their wildfire risk and prevent losses.  Join the growing network of more than 1,500 recognized Firewise communities taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.   

Marin has more nationally recognized Firewise USA sites (neighborhoods) than any other county in the nation. Greenbrae joins their neighbors Blue Rock (Larkspur), Hidden Valley (Corte Madera) , Madrone Canyon (Larkspur), Christmas Tree Hill (Corte Madera), Meadowcrest (Corte Madera), and Palm Hill (Larkspur) within the Central Marin Fire Authoriy's jursidiction.

 

Thank you for supporting the CMPA & CMFD Holiday Gift Drive

It’s a wrap!! This was our 20th annual Christmas Holiday Gift Drive and our biggest year yet! We were able to make Christmas a little brighter by providing gift cards to 118 kids, newborn to age 17, from 50 different families in our communities.

Our traditional fundraising methods were impossible this year due to COVID, but, like they do every day, the members of the Central Marin Police Officers Association and the Central Marin Firefighters Association came to the rescue with generous donations. We are also very grateful for the generosity of the Town of Corte Madera, Corte Madera Women’s Club, Perry Butler of Perry's on Magnolia, and the participants in Central Marin Fire Department’s Santa Drive for their monetary and in-kind donations. Special thanks to Nichole from the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District who helped to coordinate with the families and deliver the gift card letters. Thank you everyone for your kindness and support. Your generosity has brought joy to many of our local families this holiday season.

Citron Bowl Wildfire Hazard Reduction Project

Citron Bowl Acacia and Fire Hazard Reduction Project

Central Marin Fire Department has partnered with the City of Larkspur, Marin County Open Space District, and the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority to reduce hazardous wildfire fuels near the Citron Fire Road and Citron Bowl area in the King Mountain Open Space Preserve (see map attached below). The project is designed to remove hazardous invasive vegetation fuel and to restore native plant communities and improve natural habitat. Funding for the project is provided by local Measure C dollars from the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority.

The project will include removal and treatment of invasive and hazardous vegetation, including acacia, cotoneaster, broom, eucalyptus, and dead and downed vegetation. Crews will utilize chainsaws and hand tools to cut vegetation, and will create several piles to be burned by the fire department when permissible and safe over the winter. Central Marin Fire Department thanks you in advance for your patience and support during the project, expected to begin in November 2020 with ongoing maintenance through 2021.

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Red Flag Warning Extended Through Friday

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The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning, in effect for ALL areas of Marin and the North Bay through Friday morning (10/23/2020). Learn more about Red Flag Warnings and fire weather at www.firesafemarin.org/fire-weather. Double check your family's evacuation readiness at www.firesafemarin.org/evacuation today!

The Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are being observed now. Now is the time to prepare.


The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches to alert fire departments of the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire. A Fire Weather Watch is one level below a warning, but fire danger is still high.

The type of weather patterns that can cause a watch or warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above.

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Red Flag Warning in Effect Through Monday Evening

Red flag warning for Marin County Sunday, September 27 through Monday, September 28, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning, in effect for ALL areas of Marin and the North Bay through Monday evening at 9 PM. Learn more about Red Flag Warnings and wildfire preparedness at http://www.firesafemarin.org/fire-weather. Double check your family's evacuation readiness at http://www.firesafemarin.org/evacuation today!

The Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are being observed now. Now is the time to prepare.


URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area 559 AM PDT Sun Sep 27 2020  CAZ505>507-280500- /O.CON.KMTR.FW.W.0005.000000T0000Z-200929T0400Z/ Coastal North Bay Including Point Reyes National Seashore- North Bay Interior Valleys-North Bay Mountains- 559 AM PDT Sun Sep 27 2020  ...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PDT MONDAY FOR OFFSHORE WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR THE ENTIRE NORTH BAY...  * WIND...Gusty offshore winds will continue in the hills through   this morning with gusts of 40 to 60 mph persisting. Offshore   winds in the hills will ease by this afternoon but then another   burst of winds will develop tonight into early Monday. For    lower elevations, expect wind gusts of 20 to 35 mph, with    strongest winds expected today and tonight.   * HUMIDITY...Lowering to around 30% by sunrise Sunday. RH values   staying steady from 12-25% Sunday into Monday with no humidity   recovery Sunday night.   * HIGHEST THREAT...Elevations above 1500 feet where winds will    be strongest. Any remaining heat in the Wallbridge fire may    flare up as well.   * IMPACTS....Any fires that develop will spread rapidly in the    hot, dry and windy weather.  PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now...or will shortly. A combination of strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Chipper Days: Sep-Nov 2020

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Central Marin Fire Department will be managing residential chipper days in Corte Madera and Larkspur in September and October, 2020. This new curbside pick-up chipper service is funded by Measure F and Measure C (Corte Madera) and Measure C (Larkspur). Chipper programs are designed to encourage property owners to cut and remove hazardous vegetation and improve property maintenance by reducing the cost of hauling and disposing of vegetation. Participation is voluntary, and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Online registration is required (telephone assisance available if needed).

Corte Madera

The Town of Corte Madera Residential Chipper Program is funded by Corte Madera Measure F, Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (Measure C), and Central Marin Fire Department, in cooperation with FIRESafe MARIN. Crews will pick up vegetation stacked near the curbside at your residence. There is no limit on chipper pile size in Corte Madera. Register at www.chipperday.com/corte-madera or by clicking here:

Corte Madera Chipper Registration

  • 9/22: Christmas Tree Hill
  • 9/29: Madera Gardens/Corte Madera Flats/Meadowsweet/Meadowcrest
  • 9/30: East Corte Madera (all)
  • 10/1: Chapman Park
  • 10/2: Cleanup day (for extra large piles)
  • 11/5: Christmas Tree Hill

Larkspur

The City of Larkspur Residential Chipper Program is funded by Measure C, Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority, and Central Marin Fire Department, in cooperation with FIRESafe MARIN. Crews will pick up vegetation stacked near the curbside at your residence. Chipper pile size is limited to 4 cubic yards in Larkspur (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need to dispose of larger piles).  Register at www.chipperday.com/marin or by clicking here:

Larkspur Chipper Registration

  • 9/9: Greenbrae
  • 9/28: Blue Rock
  • 11/4:  Madrone Canyon and Palm Hill NRG
  • 11/5: Marina Vista (and surrounding neighborhoods)
 
 

Free Webinar: Evacuation & Warnings; How to Survive a Wildfire

TONIGHT, Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm!
Free Webinar—Evacuations & Warnings: How to Survive a Wildfire

Due to the large number of wildfires and associated evacuations that we are experiencing, our webinar topic this month will be "Evacuations & Warnings: How to Survive a Wildfire". Join Todd Lando, Battalion Chief/Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Specialist at Central Marin Fire Department, to learn how to prepare your family and yourself to survive and safely evacuate a wildfire.

Can't join tonight? The webinar will be recorded and available on our website and Facebook for later viewing.

Our originally scheduled webinar "Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness" has been rescheduled for next month.

When: August 25, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Evacuations & Warnings: How to Survive a Wildfire
Join on Facebook live stream or via zoom here:https://firesafemarin.zoom.us/j/87382415962

Christmas Tree Hill CHIPPER Event on Sept. 22

A free chipper day, with curbside pick-up at your property, will be held September 22 for all residents of Christmas Tree Hill in Corte Madera.  This program is funded by FIRESafe MARIN and Measure C - Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority, in partnership with Central Marin Fire Authority.

Free Chipper Day Guidelines:

● Pre-registration is required:

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  • Signup is on a first come first served basis. When we have reached our capacity, any additional registrants will be placed on a wait list. Residents on the waitlist will not receive a pickup unless they receive a confirmation email due to a cancellation.
  • Residents need to bring their one pile to their curb for the chipper pick up by 8 am the day we have scheduled for your site. Pickup could be delayed for 1-2 days due to the volume the chippers are processing.
  • Your pile is limited to 10 feet x 4 feet x 4 feet in size. If a pile is larger than 10x4x4, the excess will be left for the resident to remove. Firewise sites run the risk of losing their chipper event the following year if there are too many size violations.
  • Do not tie or bag your vegetation.

What CAN go in the chipper?

  • Tree limbs up to 8” in diameter.
  • Shrubs, brush, limbs, woody bushes, pampas grass, scotch broom, cypress, juniper, bamboo.
  • Lay all vegetation the same way with the base of the branch or plant at the same end.

What WILL be taken but can't be put in the chipper?

  • Cut roots from bamboo, cut roots with rock/gravel/dirt from plant- place next to pile.
  • Palm fronds - place next to pile.

What will NOT be taken for the safety of our crews?

● Trash, poison oak, blackberry brambles, firewood, construction materials, lumber, regular yard waste, leaves, lawn clippings.

Contact information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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FREE CHIPPER WEEKEND @ COVE SCHOOL FOR CORTE MADERA RESIDENTS ON JUNE 27th & 28th!

DEFENSIBLE SPACE & HOME EVALUATION NOTICE

May 11, 2020

Dear Resident,

Fire Department’s throughout Marin have been in continuous contact with the Marin County Health and Human Services Department regarding the current state of the COVID-19 health crisis, and more importantly on what are the best practices during the Shelter at Home Order as restrictions begin to ease. Certain activities, such as fire hazard mitigation and defensible space clearance, have been allowed to continue with social/physical distancing and proper utilization of face coverings.

During the months of June through September, the newly created Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority “MWPA”, supported by your local fire agency, will begin conducting individual defensible space and home hardening evaluations in West Marin, Ross Valley, Kentfield, Larkspur, and Corte Madera. The MWPA evaluation teams, wearing proper facial coverings, will be going door-to-door requesting access to the exterior of your property to conduct a complete and comprehensive 360-degree evaluation of your home and property. The evaluations will be used to assist homeowners in making their homes and properties defensible from fire.

The evaluation teams will be evaluating whether your home currently meets wildland-urban interface “WUI” defensible space and construction requirements and will make recommendations on how to improve your homes ability to survive a wildfire. The evaluation will also determine if your property meets the requirements for defensible space as required by the California Public Resource Code Section 4291 and the California Fire Code Section 4907.2 and 4908 (see the attached requirements). Properties that are determined to be in violation of the defensible requirements may be referred to your local fire department for further action.

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COVID-19 FIRE INSPECTION MODIFIED GUIDELINES

In an effort to protect the general public and the employees of all Marin County Fire Agencies, and reflective of the Shelter in Place Order (SIP) issued April 29, 2020 by the Health Officer of the County of Marin, requests for all non-essential fire inspections were previously suspended.

AS OF MAY 4TH 2020, THE TERM “SUSPENSION” WILL BE CHANGED TO “MODIFIED”

The intent of this MODIFICTION is to respect the county order to shelter in place, limit personal contact and exposure, and to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.  

The following fire inspections will be evaluated and scheduled on a case by case basis:

  • Starting May 4, 2020, construction inspections including verification of project scope (close-in), fire protection systems inspections, vegetation management/defensible space, photovoltaic, generator, ESS/battery systems, and final fire construction inspections may be eligible for Inspection.
  • Also eligible are investigation and/or inspection of reported hazardous conditions that impact fire protection systems or conditions that reflect a threat to life safety. Persons reporting a hazardous condition shall email the local fire agency (see reverse for contact information) with a request to investigate. The request shall include the reporting party’s name, address and phone number, and a brief narrative of the issue and photos or videos (when possible).

The following shall be REQUIRED prior to scheduling and receiving an inspection:

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Roadside Fuel Reduction Projects During COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Dear Residents,

The Central Marin Fire Department has been in continuous contact with the Marin County Health and Human Services Department regarding the current state of the COVID-19 health crisis, and more importantly on what are the best practices during the Shelter at Home Order. As you are aware certain activities have been allowed to continue, as long as social distances of 6 feet or greater are maintained.

The County urges non-essential outdoor services to be deferred to minimize risk of transmission.  However, there are some outdoor services that would be considered essential and are permitted under this Order, including fire reduction work, maintaining growth along curbs and medians in order to ensure visibility along roadways, minimum basic operations necessary to maintain the value of a business, and other tasks that are essential to the health and safety of the public.

The Central Marin Fire Department, Town of Corte Madera, and City of Larkspur will continue its vegetation management and hazardous fuels reduction projects along our PRIMARY and SECONDARY evacuation routes while maintaining social distances.

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Fuels Reduction During COVID-19 Shelter at Home Order.

March 23, 2020

 

Dear Residents,

The Central Marin Fire Department has been in continuous contact with the Marin County Health and Human Services Department regarding the current state of the COVID-19 health crisis, and more importantly on what are the best practices during the Shelter at Home Order. As you are aware certain activities have been allowed to continue, as long as social distances of 6 feet or greater are maintained.

The County urges non-essential outdoor services to be deferred to minimize risk of transmission.  However, there are some outdoor services that would be considered essential and are permitted under this Order, including fire reduction work, maintaining growth along curbs and medians in order to ensure visibility along roadways, minimum basic operations necessary to maintain the value of a business, and other tasks that are essential to the health and safety of the public.

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Residential Resale Inspections Required as of 2/15/2020

Town of Larkspur Municipal Code Section 15.50.040 requires a Fire Department residential resale inspection and report on all single-family dwellings listed for sale within the Larkspur City limits and incorporated Greenbrae effective February 15, 2020. A fire department resale inspection is not required for individual condominiums or townhomes unless the entire building/complex is being sold.

A fee of $190 will be assessed for each individual inspection. A Central Marin Fire Department Inspector will complete the inspection within 7-10 business days of application/request submittal. To schedule an inspection, please complete the online form and submit a secure payment by credit card. An appointment time is not required, as we do not enter the dwelling.  If you would like to meet with the inspector, please request an appointment at the time you apply for the inspection, and the inspector will contact you to schedule a time.

The Residential Property Resale Inspection is an exterior inspection of the residence required to ensure compliance with state law and local ordinances, primarily related to wildfire hazards.  The report and code requirements are to be included in the seller's disclosures.  Buyers are required to maintain properties in compliance with vegetation management and wildfire hazard codes and standards.

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Inspection Criteria

Fire Inspectors will be looking for the following items during the inspection:

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Madrone Canytohn Evacuation Route Improvements Begin Feb 22

Central Marin Fire Department has identified high hazard areas in Larkspur where improvements can be made to reduce the amount of hazardous vegetation located along your PRIMARY and SECONDARY EVACUATION ROUTES. Many properties located on and around “Madrone Canyon” were found to be non-compliant for roadside vegetation clearance.

The Town of Corte Madera has partnered with Central Marin Fire Department to provide funding for the initial clearing of vegetation located along the roadway fronting your property. During the month of February, 2020 over a period of 7 days from February 22-29, personnel from the Town and the Fire Department will be working with private contractors to begin the clearing of vegetation along the roadways in Madrone Canyon and surrounding neighborhoods.  Read below to learn more about this important program:

Fire Station 13

Paradise Drive
5600 Paradise DR
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Fire Station 14

Corte Madera: Headquarters
342 Tamalpais Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Fire Station 15

Downtown Larkspur
420 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA  94939

Fire Station 16

Greenbrae
15 Barry Way
Greenbrae, CA  94904

Business Phone: (415) 927-5077   |   Emergencies: Dial 9-1-1

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