The purpose of this memo is to clarify how the Tiburon Fire Protection District shall determine which proposed work meets the intent of the Governor’s Executive Order N-33-20 “Shelter in Place” for all Californians while sequestered. The intent is to comply with Defensible Space and/or Fuels Reduction efforts against large wildfire and catastrophic effects of vegetation conflagration while limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

To determine what is “essential” to maintaining the safety of residences, these workers are identified on Page 3 of the Essential Critical Workers list published by the State of California found at the website: http://coivd19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf.  Fire Mitigation activities are categorized as essential.

The Tiburon Fire Protection District shall go a step further to clarify how a worker in this category shall provide protection to a residence in the form of Vegetation Management through Defensible Space practices and Fuels Reduction efforts. The maintenance of a property’s exterior upkeep is vastly different to the definition of creating and maintaining Defensible Space against wildfire. Defensible Space is the buffer created between a residential structure and the grasses, bushes, shrubs, trees and any unmaintained areas around the home. Routine upkeep or maintenance assists in the preservation of defensible space whereby the work is cosmetic and pleasing to the property owner, but fails to truly create distance and separation between vegetation from combustible structures.

All property owners are encouraged to perform their own defensible space efforts during the Shelter in Place (SIP), but it is recognized that specific labor shall be utilized to perform defensible space on a residential property. The key is to maintain proper social distancing to protect the resident who is in SIP, as well as social distancing of the laborers performing the work from one another to be in compliance with the Governor’s Order. Therefore, the Tiburon Fire Protection District shall require all contracted work for defensible space to be submitted in writing via email to the District for evaluation prior to the work being done during the Shelter in Place. All work plans shall be submitted to Deputy Fire Marshal Mike Lantier at mlantier@tiburonfire.org.  Approval, or conditions requiring correction, will be emailed in return within 2 business days. Failure to obtain a Fire District Approval shall result in Tiburon or Belvedere Police or Marin County Sheriff action to prohibit all contracted work until approved by the Tiburon Fire Protection District has been granted within its jurisdiction. All approved work plans shall be forwarded to all PD sources for official notification of work approved under this Policy.

Under the following guidelines, Defensible Space/Fuels Reduction work that is contracted shall be defined in Tiers of Priority. 

Tier 1

This is the highest priority tier for all properties/parcels in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) designated areas of the Tiburon Fire Protection District and are required by the California Fire Code to maintain defensible space per Ordinance #129 found at: Ordinance _129 signed 11-13-19

Tier 2

This tier is for Non-WUI parcels that have an active Vegetation Management Plan on file with TFPD and the work entailed is pursuant to the VMP OR have demonstrated sufficiently in a Scope of Work application that the contracted work is solely for the creation and/or maintenance of Defensible Space on their property.

Tier 3

This is the lowest tier for consideration as it relates to a Scope of Work application that is solely intended to prepare the property for a Tiburon Fire District, Town of Tiburon and City of Belvedere Joint Chipper Day/Vegetation Removal event on May 9th at Blackie’s Pasture from 9AM-4PM. Tier 3 applications shall be considered for the June 13th event should SIP still be in effect through the month of May.

Scope of Work Application

Vegetative fuel, whether green or dry, can present a hazard under the right conditions and with the perfect alignment of the fire triangle’s 3 required components: heat, fuel and oxygen. Given this process, consideration of what is a fire hazard is solely up to the Fire Official and standard Defensible Space practices found at Fire Safe Marin’s website: www.firesafemarin.org.

Scope of Work Applications for Tier 1 and Tier 2 projects shall consist of the application, a Google Earth or Marin Map overview of the property for reference using satellite view, identified vegetation selected for removal/trimming with accompanying pictures for depth and recognition and a timeline for the work involved to the best estimate of days to be worked.

Tier 3 projects shall complete an application and indicate the approximate amount, in cubic yards (i.e. a pickup truck filled with cut vegetation is one cubic yard, more or less), of expected material to be transported to Blackie’s Pasture for disposal. Please understand that all loads must be covered per California Vehicle Code Section 23115 upon delivery to Blackie’s Pasture.

2020 TFFD Defensible Space Scope of Work SIP application



November 18, 2019

Marin County Sheriff’s Office
Monday November 18th, 2019 :: 10:24 a.m. PST


Marin County to be affected by PG&E Power Shutoff starting 11/20 at 4PM


Marin County Prepares for Public Safety Power Shutoff

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services has been made aware of a Public Safety Power Shutoff that will potentially affect 23,345 metered locations in Marin County. The Power Shutoff is projected to start Wednesday November 20th at around 4:00PM. PG&E expects to receive the all clear and start line inspections on Thursday November 21st at 0800AM. This means it could take 24 – 48 hrs from the start of inspections for everyone to have power restored. 

While Marin is projected to be affected by the outage, the exact neighborhoods that will lose power is still unknown.  Attached is a screen shot of PG&E’s estimated outage area as of 4:09am on November 18. Of course, this is subject to change and is a fluid and developing situation.

Please prepare now: until fire season concludes, Marin County remains threatened by future Public Safety Power Shutoffs. We must all do our part to prepare ourselves and neighbors for extended outages of up to 7 days. Review this list to prepare: https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook @Marinsheriff and sign up for PGE alerts at pge.com/pspszipcodealerts to receive notification when a PSPS has been confirmed for your area. 


Marin County Sheriff’s Office
1600 Los Gamos Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 415-479-2311


PG&E is monitoring weather patterns and said it will provide updates to customers and the County of Marin as additional information is available.  Residents and businesses can access updated PSPS information from PG&E online at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.


All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and (866) 743-6589. Please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.


For non-emergency information and referrals, contact 211 Bay Area by calling 2-1-1 or text MARINSHUTOFF to 898-211 (or MARINAPAGON to 898-211 for Spanish speaking residents). In addition, vulnerable adults can check Marin County Health & Human Services’ online community resource guide for additional information.


911 VS 211

Call 911 for an immediate response from police, fire department, or emergency medical service teams, for crimes happening now, suspicious activity, and life-threatening emergencies.

Call 211 to find resources on non-emergency event information like community resource center locations, power shutoff area updates, and other social services.

Emergency Management officials remind residents and visitors that it is important to have a plan to adjust daily routines to one without PG&E power. FEMA recommends the following steps:


Stay informed

  • Sign up to receive safety information on Nixle by texting your ZIP code to 888-777.
  • Sign up for AlertMarin notifications to receive information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing.
  • Sign-up for PSPS Zip Code Alerts by texting ENROLL to 97633 or by calling 1-877-9000-PGE.
  • Update contact information with PG&E at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589.


Review plans

  • Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked. Tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.
  • Keep vehicles fueled and ready in case of an evacuation.
  • Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation: People/Pets; Prescriptions; Papers; Personal Needs; Priceless Items.
  • Talk to a medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Take stock of batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Take inventory of available supplies such as food, water, clothing, and flashlight batteries.
  • Have some cash available in case retail point-of-sale devices are unable to accept credit cards during an outage.
  • Check thermometers in refrigerators and freezers during an outage. Dispose of perishable food if the appliance temperature reaches 40 degrees or higher for an extended period.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged.
  • Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates.
  • For more information, including what to do during a power outage, visit readymarin.org and www.ready.gov.


The County will continue to share information updates as they become available via marincounty.org/emergency and on social media via Facebook and Twitter (@MarinSheriff).