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Posted on: January 29, 2024

Paved Road Fuel Reduction Program - Mill Valley - Block B - February 2024

Paved Road Fuel Reduction

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District has made the reduction of flammable vegetation that surrounds our residents one of its biggest priorities. To that end, the Fire District's multi-faceted Vegetation Management Program is coming to your neighborhood with two primary goals in mind: reduce flammable vegetation and improve access for emergency vehicles, particularly on narrow, winding streets.


With your continued support, Southern Marin Fire District has removed more than 7,100 tons of flammable vegetation from the City of Mill Valley and throughout the Southern Marin Fire District's jurisdiction. This has not only improved emergency response times, but it has also reduced the number of power outages during winter storms. 


The focus of the Vegetation Management Program in your neighborhood includes: 

• Pruning trees to maintain emergency vehicle access - 15 feet vertically from the roads' edge.

• Removal of all flammable and encroaching vegetation from the roadsides and sidewalks.

• The evaluation of designated parking spots and maintenance on all fire hydrants in the area.

• Any trees identified as dead or dying for removal with an orange flag. 


Please do not pile any vegetation on the roadside for pick up. This project is for street clearing only. 


The following streets are scheduled for vegetation maintenance starting on or around February 5, 2024 in Mill Valley:

  • Blithedale Terrace
  • Corte Madera Ave
  • Cottage Ave
  • Cushing Drive
  • King Street
  • Lee Street
  • Marsh Drive
  • Melody Lane
  • Quarry Road
  • W. Blithedale


If you have any questions regarding this program, concerns about specifically marked trees, or interest in scheduling a Chipper Day, which provides residents the chance to give the dangerous fire fuels they’ve removed from their yards a date with the chipper machine, please contact our Vegetation Management Specialist Jason Nancarrow at 415-906-4471 or e-mail at: jnancarrow@smfd.org

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