Stronger Together: A Fire Adapted Marin
The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) is tasked with leading the development of a fire adapted Marin County. This entails a more holistic approach to fire management where local communities, property owners, and government agencies work together to co-manage fire risk. Everyone must do their part in a fire adapted community.
Most of the towns, cities, special districts, and county government in Marin County have partnered to address wildfire prevention efforts using a proactive regional approach to develop fire adapted communities through a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) funded by a parcel tax called Measure C. These funds, estimated to raise approximately $19 million annually, will be managed and distributed by MWPA to local agencies working in fire prevention and protection in Marin based on the priorities outlined in the Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
Continuous collaboration among JPA members is built into the organization through the organizational structure. Elected officials from the 17 MWPA member agencies form the MWPA Board of Directors while local fire agencies and subject matter experts form their Operations and Technical/Advisory Committee. The MWPA Finance Committee and Citizen Oversight Committee provide Measure C fund oversight.
Outreach and education will be provided to Marin residents through Fire Safe Marin and the 17 local member agencies. Land managers and other climate and environmental organizations are part of the Ecologically Sound Practices partnership.