A Spare the Air Alert is in effect, Friday, July 25, 2014 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution are forecast to be unhealthy tomorrow. Residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce their energy use tomorrow and every day so pollution levels are lower, preventing health alerts when temperatures are high. To help prevent smog this summer, please: - Bike to work or around town - Take public transit - Telecommute - Carpool and link your errands to reduce driving - Avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers - Reduce household energy use - Don’t use lighter fluid on the barbecue - Avoid using aerosol spray cleaners, paints and hairspray High levels of ozone pollution are particularly harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions. Vigorous outdoor exercise should be undertaken only in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower. To plan you.. Full Story

Weed Abatement deadline is June 15 The annual deadline for property owners to complete the required weed abatement is June 15, 2014. A Firewise postcard containing a Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) safety checklist and a reminder of the June 15, 2014 weed abatement deadline was mailed to each property owner in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ). After the June 15 deadline, you may file a complaint by calling 925-258-4525, ext. 524. Homeowners can learn how to share the responsibility for wildfire safety through a new program called Firewise. The District is providing homeowners with the option of conducting a voluntary home assessment conducted by Fire District Prevention Staff. The assessment is an educational tool for the homeowner to learn how to “harden” their home against wildfire. Property owners may schedule a voluntary home ignition assessment by calling 925-258-4525, ext. 524. Fire Chief Stephen Healy has stated that he is very conc.. Full Story

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District received a $700 grant from Contra Costa County Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER- The funding will be used to support efforts to bring the Lamorinda community together for this Fall's Great ShakeOut exercise. The community preparedness/earthquake exercise is being planned for 10:16 AM on October 16th. Our goal is to have every school, office, business and home take a few seconds on 10/16 at 10:16 AM to consider what they will do when the next major earthquake hits the Bay Area. "Drop, Cover and Hold On!" is the key to minimizing injuries during a shake. For more information about this year's Great ShakeOut you can visit The exercise planning group includes a cross section of the Lamorinda Community: Fire, Police, City Staff, School Districts, the Business Community, Lamorinda's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), K6ORI (our local Amateur radio group) and neighborho.. Full Story

Beginning January 2, 2014, there will be new procedures for plan review submittals. Please make sure to review the new procedures before coming in to the office to submit. You can view the procedures here: Submittal Procedures for Fire District Review (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=196549) If you have any questions, please call the Fire Prevention Office at 925-258-4525 ext. 533... Full Story

The new California Fire Code, MOFD Ordinance #13-01 and new Permit and Plan Review Fee Schedule takes effect January 1, 2014. The Moraga-Orinda Fire District has adopted the 2013 California Fire Code (CFC) with amendments that are detailed in MOFD Ordinance #13-01. A copy of Ordinance #13-01 is on our website under Documents and Forms/Ordinances and Standards ( Our fee schedule for permits and plan reviews has been updated and takes effect on January 1, 2014. The 2014 Fee Schedule (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=196667) is found under Documents and Forms/Permit and Plan Review Fee Schedule 2014. All projects that have been submitted prior to January. 2, 2014 will be subject to the 2010 fire Code and the old fee schedule. Inspection fees paid prior to January 1, 2014 are subject to the old fee structure and no additional fees will be required. The new fees and 2013 fire codes will apply to all projects and permit applications tha.. Full Story

A finance fact sheet has been developed regarding the District's Pension Obligation Bonds. Click here for the document: Pension Obligation Bonds (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=192751).. Full Story

Sky Lanterns are airborne paper lanterns that are typically constructed from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame. The lanterns contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, causing the lantern to rise uncontrollably into the air. The devices are becoming increasingly popular at weddings and other events, and are available for purchase via the internet. They have been portrayed in a couple of recent popular movies, such as “Hangover 2” and “Tangled”. Sky lanterns are usually released several at a time and have been known to travel significant distances with minimal air current and have a fuel cell that can burn up to 4 or more minutes. The sky lantern is free to float to wherever the air currents take it, floating as high as 3000 feet. Then it will decrease altitude and land on the ground, in trees or on structures. In the UK it has even landed on livestock and othe.. Full Story

MORAGA-ORINDA FIRE DISTRICT FIRE PREVENTION INFORMATION SHEET Guidelines for Mowing Weeds, Small Brush, and Dried Annual Grasses Safely mowing vegetation can only be done during specified times and under certain conditions. Failure to use ordinary care may result in an ignition. The following guidelines are recommended for Homeowners: As soon as practical once annual grasses have died and turned brown (typically May or early June). Mow before 10:00 a.m. Wind speed < 5 MPH Never during both Fire Weather Watches and Red Flag Warnings For Commercial Mowing Operations: As soon as practical once annual grasses have died and turned brown (typically May or early June). Before 10:00 a.m. Mowing operations may commence if relative humidity > 40% and wind speed < 15 MPH. After 10:00 a.m. Mowing operations may commence if relative humidity > 60% and wind speed < 5 MPH. All mowing is prohibited during both Fire Weather Watches and Red.. Full Story

Moraga-Orinda Fire District Public Information Sheet Know the Facts: Ionization Smoke Detectors National TV Spot Slamming Ionization Detectors May Lead to Misinformation On September 3, 2012, a well-publicized media story narrowly focused on research in the smoldering fire environment, where ionization alarms are well-documented to react slower than photoelectric detectors. There was only a passing mention of the ionization detector’s performance in the flaming fire environment, where research shows it reacts faster than its counterpart. What the TV spot failed to mention is that National Fire Incident Reporting System data shows that 93 percent of all residential fires are flaming and that flaming fires account for 75 percent of residential fire deaths. Understanding Smoke Alarm Technologies Fires can have different characteristics. Some can flame and spread quickly while other fires may take more time to spread but produce more smoke. While types of fires.. Full Story

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