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Small Fire at Marin Town And Country Club. Today we Were lucky.

Fire Sunday at the Town and Country Club property. Are we ready for fire season?

There was a "small" fire today at the Marin Town and Country Club Sunday. We were lucky this time.

I was at the ballfield for the Fairfax Town Picnic when I saw the smoke and knew where the fire was, as I used to live just above. My friends and former neighbors were rather freaked out, not really knowing how big, how contained, how fast it was spreading, etc, and a bit afraid of the possibilities.

It was not a big fire, however it was quickly approaching the edge of the flat meadow, where the hillside begins, and unfortunately, there was, and is, plenty of dry grass and highly flamable undergrowth all over the hillsides. The fire was starting to get into some taller grass, which I was trampling down with a rake, when the firefighters arived with the water trucks.

Today, we were fortunate. There was not any wind, and it was a cool day, however, it could easilly have been another story...

Are we keeping our lots and hillsides cleared? Do we have an escape plan, or place to meet, if and when....?

My friends son was rather upset and shaken up, and on his birthday...... as the smoke billowed up the hillside..

Are we prepared?

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C Ross September 17, 2012 at 06:44 AM
The gate on the bridge made it difficult for firefighters to get in, and the way "gatekeepers" carry on about "private property" is a disaster waiting to happen :(
Barbara Petty September 17, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I am wondering if we have a weed abatement policy in Fairfax? Seems like it would be a good thing to have.
Pam Hartwell September 17, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Thanks for helping out Sierra. Be safe.
Pam Hartwell September 17, 2012 at 06:02 PM
We do have an abatement code, but it is hard to keep on every property in Fairfax. We need property owners to abided by the law. CHAPTER 8.24: ABATEMENT OF FIRE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH FLAMMABLE VEGETATION AND OTHER MATERIALS
Sierra Salin September 17, 2012 at 06:07 PM
The best motivation is education. If folks ponder the Oakland hills fire, etc, and KNOW that it is a matter of when and not if for it to happen here, they would be seriously motivated to make sure that the when is not in our time.
John Reed September 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Fairfax residents should also be aware of two upcoming "Chipper Days at the Pavilion Lot", on Sunday October 7th, and 14th, dropoff from noon - 6pm. This is an opportunity to deal with some of the bigger fire hazards in your neighborhood. People can leave tree branches up to 4" in diameter, brush, broom, etc at the Pavilion parking lot (at Bank and Elsie), between noon and 6 on those days, and it will be chipped and hauled by a local contractor. Please don't leave lumber, metal, rocks, or roots with soil on them (hard on the chipper). This is funded by our new garbage contract with Marin Sanitary, and is for Fairfax residents (please no commercial use). Think about defensible space around buildings, and under decks. Fire likes to race up gullies, too. Cut lower branches of trees (to 10 feet from the ground), grasses, and brush. Bay, Acacia, and Eucalyptus are especially flammable, even when green. Broom is especially bad, and we all know it grows back every year. If you are working on a slope, it is often a good idea to cut things back to the ground, and leave the roots in place. You don't want to contribute to a slide in the rainy season! (more on the next post)
John Reed September 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Chipper Days at the Pavilion Lot are coming! (continued) If you have neighbors in need, this is the perfect opportunity: build community by talking about fire danger, and helping them out. Especially if you have a truck, moving debris down to the pavilion lot will help every one become safer. Keep in mind also: you can put out 5 cans of green waste every week for curbside pickup, all year long. This is a great way to keep on top of the smaller stuff, especially earlier in the season. Our chipper days are often scheduled in October, so as not to disturb nesting animals, so when you are clearing earlier in the season, try to be conscious of that, too. So mark your calendars: Chipper Days at the Pavilion Lot (Bank st and Elsie) Drop off 12-6, Sunday October 7th and October 14th!

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