Wildfire Hazard Mitigation
Central Marin Fire Department actively engages in wildfire hazard mitigation, vegetation management, and risk reduction in Larkspur and Corte Madera, CA.
Central Marin Fire Department does not develop specific vegetation management plans for properties. We recommend a general prescription for wildfire vegetation fuels management within 200' of structures that typically includes:
- Removal of non-native, invasive shrubs including Scotch, French, and Spanish broom.
- Removal of non-native, fire hazardous trees less than 6" DBH (diameter) including acacias, eucalyptus, italian cypress, and most non indigenous conifers.
- Removal of dead vegetation, including shrubs and trees, downed limbs less than 8" diameter
- Selective limbing of trees to increase ground/canopy separation to 6'-10' minimum (or 1/3 the height of the tree), remove deadwood, and improve the health and structure of trees.
- Removal of tree limbs or shrubs overhanging roadways (within 15' vertically of road surfaces) that restrict fire apparatus access or resident egress.
- Selective removal of non-native or overgrown shrubs and vegetation which is likely to increase hazardous vegetation fuels by impeding access for maintenance (examples may include himalayan blackberry, or in some cases poison oak, on a case-by-case, location specific basis).
- Cutting, mowing, or grazing of dry annual grasses within 100' of structures or 10'-30' of roadways.