In Session 2 of the "Wildfires – How to Preserve and Protect Housing" work group, speakers provided a deep dive into defensible space and home hardening including information on current science and research. CAL FIRE provided updates on state priorities and corresponding initiatives. The workshop also included a showcase of Fire Safe Marin, a non-profit focused on countywide collaborative community education and outreach.
- Introduction (video 00:00 – 7:20 | 0 – 7 slides)
- Dr. Stephen Quarles, Retired UC Extension Advisor (video 7:20 – 28:20 | 8 – 30 slides): "Living in Wildfire-prone Areas: Home Hardening Focus," defined home hardening and the science behind why it works.
- Yana Valachovic, UC Extension (video 28:20 – 41:50 | 31 – 51 slides): "Creating and Maintaining Defensible Space: A review of changing codes, guidance, and science," described defensible space and the science behind why it works.
- Q&A #1 (video 41:50 – 54:35)
- Steven Hawks, CAL FIRE (video 54:35 – 1:13:50 | 54 – 66 slides): "Defensible Space and Home Hardening CAL FIRE Programs," provided an overview of CAL FIRE resources, programs and upcoming initiatives and opportunities.
- Rich Shortall, Fire Safe Marin (video 1:13:50 – 1:33:15 | 67 – 83 slides): "Wildfire Preparedness in Marin," shared how Fire Safe Marin, a countywide fire safe council, is engaging and educating residents on home hardening, defensible space and other wildfire topics.
- Q&A #2 (video 1:33:15)
A four-page library of multi-media educational resident guides. Wildfire educational resource guides for the public have improved drastically in recent years. Local staff can use this guide to identify up-to-date web or print resources they may want to use in place of older resources currently on city/county webpages or print handouts.
A four-page overview of Fire Safe Marin’s (FSM) collaborative wildfire public education and programs. FSM runs a range of programs in Marin County that can be a best practice for others to consider. Some of their educational resources may be able to be directly borrowed from, like their online video series.