Marin County Fire Chiefs Association Letter to Residents
October 13, 2017
Fire agencies across Marin County have sent 38 fire engines and 154 firefighters to the fires in
Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. Firefighters and command personnel are actively
engaged in fighting the large fires affecting those communities, protecting homes, and in
rescuing people in the path of the fire.
We will remain committed to actively supporting firefighting operations in the affected counties.
All of Marin’s Fire Chiefs have taken the necessary steps to ensure that we have adequate
staffing in each of our communities to respond to any emergency that occurs in Marin County.
Firefighters are working long hours on duty and on the fire lines across Northern California and
many agencies have added additional staffing on duty.
There are currently no large fires in Marin and no large fires threatening Marin County. The
vegetation fire on Highway 37 at Lakeville Highway has burned more than 1,500 acres. The
aggressive actions of Marin firefighters contained this fire. The fire no longer poses a threat to
Although there are no large fires in Marin County, no fires threatening Marin County, and no
evacuation orders anticipated we encourage you and your family to ensure that you have
defensible space surrounding your home and that you have a plan in the event you ever had to
evacuate your home. The following websites provide valuable information on these topics:
Our firefighters have also suffered personal losses as a result of these devastating fires. Many
of our employees live in the path of the very fires that they are assigned to serve at. We are
working hard to ensure that our fire family is strong and supportive of our members who have
suffered a loss.
Many Marin residents have been asking how you can support public safety responders who
have lost their homes. A fund has been established for this purpose. All donations will go
directly to public safety professionals to support them and their families as they manager their
The men and women of Marin’s fire departments wish to express our deepest condolences to
the many people who have suffered a personal loss and who have been impacted in any way by
the fire siege affecting Sonoma and Napa counties. We are protecting our communities in
Marin, ready to serve your needs, and maintaining our highest state of readiness for you.
Christian Tubbs, Fire Chief Mark Heine, Fire Chief
President, MCFCA Vice President, MCFCA