If you've seen smoke on Mt. Tam lately don't worry. MMWD's Watershed Maintenance staff have been working hard to manage controlled burns of cut brush and forest slash all over the mountain. By burning these piles of dry vegetation, we're helping to reduce the "fire fuel" on the mountain, and creating more defensible space.
On Monday, May 23 until 5 p.m. crews are working in an especially important, and highly visible, area of Middle Peak and smoke may be visible for miles. Why did we choose this location? A very important telecommunication facility is located at Middle Peak.
This telecommunication facility provides services for a wide range of public and private entities including a key link in the Marin Emergency Radio Authority's (also known as MERA) radio system. This integrated emergency response communications system is used by all of Marin's public safety agencies.
By managing the controlled burn today in this location, MMWD is creating defensible space that will protect this important facility in the face of a wildfire on Mt. Tam.