Wildfire Hazard Mitigation

Central Marin Fire Department actively engages in wildfire hazard mitigation, vegetation management, and risk reduction in Larkspur and Corte Madera, CA.

For questions related to Wildfire Hazard Mitigation and Vegetation Management, please contact Hazard Mitigation Specialist Todd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority, authorized by voters in March 2020, is actively underway.  Funding and potential projects are underway in Larkspur and Corte Madera  For questions about MWPA and its impacts in Larkspur and Corte Madera, please contact WIldfire Hazard Mitigation Specialist Todd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vegetation Management

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.
Note that this prescription does NOT call for the removal of ANY healthy, living native trees or shrubs. The removal of healthy, mature trees (even non-natives) is not required if maintenance can mitigate fire hazards. Our goal is to maintain a healthy, native habitat that mimics natural conditions that might have existed (likely did exist) before development and fire suppression resulted in overgrown vegetation and unnatural fuel conditions. Central Marin Fire Department does not have a specific stance on vegetation more than 200' from structures.

 

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

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