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Vegetation Management Hotline: 415-721-4367

Contact: Battalion Chief Scott Barnes

Few of us will forget the horrifying images of the Mt. Vision Fire that swept through Inverness in 1995.  By obliterating 12,000 acres and destroying 45 homes, the Mt. Vision Fire served as a grim reminder of the importance of maintaining defensible space around our properties.

Soon after, the Mill Valley City Council unanimously approved a multi-year, city wide Vegetation Management Program to reduce the chances of a wild land fire sweeping through our community.

The Vegetation Management Plan consists of the following:

  • Annual maintenance of paved roads, trees and understory
  • Annual maintenance of City owned land
  • Establishment of fuel breaks between cities and canyons
  • Sudden Oak Death tree removal
  • City Chipper program
  • Establishment  and maintenance of Mill Valley's steps, lanes and paths
  • Defensible space and evacuation news letter
  • Vegetation management hotline
  • Current annual budget of $300,000
  • Public education workshops and seminars
  • Designated parking program

Much more information on fire safety and preparedness can be found our Mill Valley Fire Department Newsletter:
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Residential Fire Hazard Assessment Program

The Mill Valley Fire Department offers a very detailed fire hazard assessment of residential properties that are in the wildland/urban interface.  This program provides the homeowner with valuable information on how to achieve defensible space and to reduce the threat of a wildland fire. For more information on this program call 415-389-4130 or click here to download a Residential Fire Hazard Assessment request form.  Once completed, fax the form to 415-389-4186 attention: Battalion Chief Scott Barnes.

City of Mill Valley Emergency Warning System

If you hear a siren, please tune into local television and radio stations for further information and/or instructions.  Please do not call 911.
Last updated: 2/6/2013 9:22:53 AM