In Session 1 of the "Wildfires – How to Preserve and Protect Housing" work group, experts set the stage with an overview of the evolution of wildfires and the need for new tools, systems and approaches. The workshop included an overview of fire science related to how/why homes ignite, foundational information on the basics for defensible space and vegetation management, and included a showcase of Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority a countywide Joint Powers Authority (JPA) focused on vegetation management, evacuation modeling and other wildfire prevention initiatives.
- Introduction (video 00:00 – 10:20 | slides 1-9)
- Kimiko Barrett, Headwaters Economics (video 10:20 – 21:40 | slides 10-33): "Adapting to Wildfires: Planning for Inevitable Risks," covered why we have to think differently about fires, opportunities for success, and the role of local agencies and planners.
- Daniel Gorham, Institute for Business & Home Safety (video 21:40 – 41:25 | slides 34-49): "Wildland Fire, Building Ignition, and Community Resilience," covered how fires work, how homes ignite and the impacts on housing.
- Todd Lando, Central Marin Fire Department (video 41:25 – 1:05:05 | slides 50-78): "Myth Busting," separated fact from fiction when it comes to defensible space.
- Mark Brown, Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MPWA) (video 1:05:05 – 1:24:00 | slides 79-111): "Changing the Wildfire Prevention Paradigm," discussed how MWPA was created, its structure, funding and key initiatives.
- Q&A (video 1:24:00 – 2:00:00)
A five-page directory with links to wildfire research and organizations. For communities interested in conducting their own research, we’ve identified key state and national organizations and the programs they offer that may be of interest. Also included are recent research papers that may be relevant to local plan and policy development.
A five-page overview of Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority's (MWPA) history, structure, governance, funding and programs. For those interested in a formalized multi-jurisdictional approach to wildfire prevention, the guide offers more information on the collaborative governance and funding model implemented for Marin County communities.