Tam Valley, like much of Southern Marin, is classified as a "very high risk" wildfire area. Wildfires of similar magnitude to the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire, or the 1995 Mt. Vision fire in Inverness, are possible here. May 9 is the 10th anniversary of the 12-acre "Mother's Day" fire in the eucalyptus grove on GGNRA land in western Tam Valley.
TCSD and Southern Marin Fire District (SMFD) are taking steps to help Tam Valley residents understand the fire risk in their neighborhoods and to implement changes to reduce that risk. Specifically:
- SMFD will conduct a 1.5-hour education session to describe the risk and suggest actions for property owners to reduce that risk. Please come to this presentation scheduled for Friday, April 11th or Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00pm at the Tam Valley Community Center.
- TCSD and SMFD will sponsor free Chipper Days on most streets in the TCSD service area. Material will need to be stacked, cut, and placed on the street on your designated day and the material will be collected, chipped, and hauled away.
Most Tam Valley neighborhoods will get this Chipper Day service in late April or early May 2014. This service will be provided to any remaining neighborhoods later in the year. Residents in each neighborhood will receive a postcard in the mail at least two weeks prior, and it will include all the participation details. Acceptable materials are brush, tree trimmings less than 6 inches in diameter (any length accepted), but we will NOT accept vines like blackberry or poison oak.
In order to keep areas clear and to minimize fire risk, we encourage residents to not begin any significant work until you know the scheduled date for your street. Detailed information showing the dates, along with a map and list of streets, will be posted on the TCSD website (www.tcsd.us).