News Release From Marin County Fire
For Immediate Release
November 02, 2023
Marin County, CA – Firefighters will continue wildfire prevention work in the Big Rock Ridge area in northern Marin County on Friday, November 3. Burn operation planners ask community to refrain from calling 911 if they see smoke from the burn area.
The prescribed fire is expected to release smoke that will be in full view of anyone in or near Novato and the northern San Rafael areas of Lucas Valley, Marinwood, Terra Linda, and Santa Venetia. Travelers on Highway 101 can expect to be within view as well.
The 100-plus-acre operation is a continued fire fuel reduction effort. In September, the Marin County Fire Department started vegetation management work on the private property known as H-Ranch, located on the north side of Big Rock Ridge just below the radio towers. Due to unfavorable weather conditions in September, the prescribed fire was postponed on Day 3 of operations. If conditions allow, Friday’s burn would push the multiyear project forward.
Controlled burns help prevent high-intensity wildfires by reducing the volume and continuity of wildland vegetation. Burning improves forest health reducing dead and down vegetation while improving wildlife habitat. Such burns are approved by Bay Area Air Quality Management District and held in conjunction with area public safety agencies.
Traffic on nearby roads may be impacted by the influx of fire vehicles before and after the controlled burn. In addition to fire engines and fire trucks, the operation will have adequate resources like heavy equipment, to ensure the fire stays within the prescription area. Weather will also be monitored closely ensuring smoke dispersal and fire control measures remain favorable.
Learn more about Marin County Fire’s vegetation management program online.