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Please click here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=248873) to read the North Orinda Shaded Fuel Break Weekly Update #4... Full Story

Please click here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=248825) to read the North Orinda Shaded Fuel Break Weekly Update #3... Full Story

MOFD crews conducted a prescribed fire to reduce combustible fuels along Mulholland Ridge on the Moraga-Orinda border today... Full Story

Please click here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=248797) to read the North Orinda Shaded Fuel Break Weekly Update #2... Full Story

Please click here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=248782) to read the North Orinda Shaded Fuel Break Weekly Update #1... Full Story

Red Tag Compliance FAQs MOFD has begun enforcement of Fire Code violations along major evacuation routes throughout the district. The district has received a number of requests for clarification from property owners who have been cited and are unsure what needs to be done to comply. Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions regarding the requirements for fuels mitigation and how these apply to the roadside violations that are currently being cited. More information is available on the MOFD website at: http://www.mofd.org/fire-prevention/abatement 1. All annual grasses and weeds must be cut to less than 3” by 15 June. This includes grass that was cut early in the season and regrew. 2. All trees must be trimmed so that no less than 5’ of separation exists between the lower branches and ground fuels. 3. All brush and other ground fuels within the drip line of a tree must be maintained in a manner that creates at least 5’ of vertica.. Full Story

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE MORAGA ORINDA FIRE DISTRICT will receive sealed proposals for the North Orinda Shaded Fuel Break Project from Fuels Management Specialty Contractors. The Request for Proposals is available here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=248548). .. Full Story

On Wednesday evening, May 15th the Moraga-Orinda Fire District’s Board of Directors authorized the District to enter into an agreement with CAL FIRE to begin planning and work on the North Orinda Shaded Fuel Break (NOSFB) project. The public is invited to attend a project briefing at the Orinda Library Auditorium (26 Orinda Way) on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 beginning at 4:00 PM. An update on the project is available here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=248384). A map of the project is available here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=248383). Additional facts are available here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=248382). A video of the project briefing meeting is available here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nEozvSKgGI)... Full Story

Beginning the week of May 20, 2019, every household in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda and Canyon will be mailed the Lamorinda Residents Guide to Wildfire Preparedness & Evacuation. The Guide contains essentials for residents regarding wildfire preparedness and evacuation. The Guide includes important information that residents would receive in an emergency preparedness presentation from Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and fire and police departments. The information in this Guide is designed to help Lamorinda residents prepare their family, home, and neighborhood for the approaching wildland fire season. The more prepared all of us are as a community, the better we can respond when conditions exist for a possible catastrophic fire in our area. Lamorinda’s fire and law enforcement agencies are committed to keeping the community safe. Residents can help by preparing now for the fire season ahead. It is important to emphasize the need for every citizen to.. Full Story

The District is pleased to announce the new Fire Station 43 in North Orinda is open and in-service effective today. The District looks forward to continuing to serve the community from this new facility. The community is invited to a grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 9am. .. Full Story

The Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District (District) is requesting proposals from qualified firms to provide information technology services. The RFP is available here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=248194)... Full Story

Moraga-Orinda Fire District is offering a new, free-of-charge community chipping service during 2019 spring and early summer to assist residents in reducing vegetation by facilitating the chipping of material produced in quantities too large for green bins and too small for commercial chipping providers. To participate, submit the Wood Chipper Request Form (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=248153). For additional information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=248154). .. Full Story

The community is invited to an Open House at Station 45 in Orinda! The Open House will be held on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10am to 1pm. The Open House will include many exciting activities and important information including wildfire preparedness information, hands-only CPR training, fire safety training and fire prevention information. There will be many fun activities for children including an opportunity to meet Smokey the Bear and Sparky, see fire engines and ambulances, jump in the bounce house, enter the raffle, win prizes and more! Plus there will be a hot dog lunch fundraiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of the Greater Bay Area. More information is available here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=247976)... Full Story

The District expects to issue a Request for Proposals for Fuel Reduction Services to create a 15 - 20 mile shaded fuel break. If you would like to be placed on the bidder's list to obtain information on this proposal process, please send you contact information to info@mofd.org Additional information is available here (http://www.fire.ca.gov/downloads/45-Day%20Report-FINAL.pdf) .. Full Story

In response to Executive Order N-05-19, CAL FIRE issued a 45-Day Report to Governor Gavin Newsom that systematically identified high priority fuels reduction projects and other measures to protect over 200 of California’s most wildfire-vulnerable communities, and put the state on a path toward long-term wildfire prevention and forest health. The CAL FIRE report identifies more than 30 strategically-defined local projects that can be addressed urgently in partnership with communities to make a difference this wildfire season. The Moraga-Orinda Fire District partnered with CAL FIRE, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, the East Bay Regional Park District, and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District to submit the North Orinda Fuel Break proposal which was included on this list. If approved, the project would allow work to begin on approximately 14 miles of shaded fuel break from EBMUD’s north watershed lands near the top of Eagle’s Nest Trail, .. Full Story

On Wednesday evening, February 20th, the MOFD Board of Directors presented a proclamation honoring Saint Marys College student Courtney Newton for her actions in providing life-saving CPR to a cardiac arrest victim in Moraga- PROCLAMATION HONORING LIFE-SAVING EFFORTS OF COURTNEY NEWTON ON JANUARY 27, 2019 WHEREAS, on January 27, 2019, a 57 year-old male collapsed at Starbuck Coffee in Moraga; and WHEREAS, Courtney Newton immediately took action and began life-saving efforts with effective and timely CPR as bystanders called for help; and WHEREAS, when a MOFD advanced life support engine (ALS) from Fire Station #42 arrived on scene, three complete cycles of CPR had been completed by Courtney; and WHEREAS, the patient was still in cardiac arrest, was shocked and provided ALS care by MOFD paramedics; and WHEREAS, the MOFD ALS ambulance arrived from Fire Station #41 shortly thereafter and continued resuscitation while the patient was transported t.. Full Story

Thank you to everyone that participated in this morning's North Orinda Evacuation Exercise. The drill was used to test several systems that we could use in an actual emergency: The Contra Costa County Community Warning System (CWS) noted that 151 people from Sleepy Hollow, Dalewood, Sundown Terrace and Upper Miner Rd. signed up for the exercise. 130 residents registered with the CWS so they were actually contacted. The CWS sent 225 email notifications, made 275 phone calls and sent 225 text messages. Everyone that signed up for the exercise should have been notified by at least one of the contact methods. It took about three minutes from the time CWS was notified to send all phone, text and emails. We used 20, County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue volunteers to walk the neighborhoods and do a simulated door-to-door check. The SAR teams were able to check over 200 homes in about 45 minutes and communicate evacuation status back to the command post v.. Full Story

With recent concerns raised over evacuation notices, please consider sharing these best practices with your family and neighbors. Click here for a printable version: Evacuation Best Practices (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=246987) 1. Sign up for the Community Warning System (https://cwsalerts.com/registration/) 2. Sign up for Nixle Alerts from your local PD. a. Text your zip code to 888-777 or go to: (http://local.nixle.com/ (http://www.nixle.com/)) 3. To receive alerts when your phone is in “Do Not Disturb” mode (ie. In the middle of the night) you have to set Nixle as an Emergency Bypass contact. a. On the Iphone: i. The first time you receive a message from Nixle open the message. ii. Click on the person icon at the top of the screen to open the contacts window. iii. Go to the bottom of that window and click on “Create New Contact” and enter Nixle to your contacts. Then press “Done”. iv. From the newly created .. Full Story

The Moraga-Orinda Fire DIstrict is represented by 5 Divisions. The map can also be viewed and downloaded using this link : MOFD Division Map (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=121223) .. Full Story

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Santa Clara Unit CONTACT: Public Information Officer 408-201-4378 CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit Bans All Burning Morgan Hill – As of Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Santa Clara Unit has banned all outdoor burning due to extreme fire conditions. This ban is to include all burning in the State Responsibility Areas within Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties and the Western portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. These restrictions will also effect the use of campfires, stoves, and smoking materials in the State Responsibility Areas and will remain in effect until cancelled. Effective immediately, the following restrictions will be in effect: No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted. Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petrol.. Full Story

The District is pleased to announce that applications will be accepted for the position of Firefighter-Paramedic beginning on August 21, 2018 through September 22, 2018. We invite and encourage qualified candidates to apply for the opportunity to be part of the MOFD team. For required qualifications and for more information about this excellent opportunity, please click here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=246030). Inquiries about this recruitment can be directed to: HR@mofd.org.. Full Story

Each year in mid-April the Fire District sends out over 13,000 postcards advising property owners of the June 15th deadline to abate their properties to be in compliance with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District’s Exterior Hazard Control Standards (https://mofd.businesscatalyst.com/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=196457). All District property owners have a shared responsibility to provide a fire safe environment and maintain their property free of exterior fire hazards throughout the fire season. Abundant rainfall has led to excessive growth of plants and grasses this year. The annual growth of grasses can change from beautiful green to a very flammable brown in just a few weeks. The opportunity to get the work done after the rain has stopped and before the fire season starts can be a very narrow window. Planning to get this work done sooner will reduce wildfire risk. Each year the State of California experiences a number of significant large fires in earl.. Full Story

Moraga-Orinda Fire District 1280 Moraga Way Moraga, CA 94556 Contact: Dennis Rein, Public Information Officer Release Date: June 8, 2018 MORAGA - Just after 11:20 AM on Friday, June 8, Moraga-Orinda Fire units were called to 15 La Salle Drive in Moraga. The first arriving fire engine found the grass hill behind the residence on fire and burning toward the ridge. The fire on the ridge was visible from Campolindo High School and was cause for some concern but no evacuations were needed. A total of 40 Firefighters from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, Contra Costa County Fire and the Cal Fire responded to the scene. The fire burned approximately five acres and was declared under control at 12:20 PM. The fire may have been caused by someone operating a weed eater in tall, dry grass behind one of the residences. Residents are reminded not to operate power equipment in dry grass during the heat of the day. It’s safest to wait for high humidity in the early morning.. Full Story

This morning MOFD crews responded to a fully involved garage fire on the 100 block of Corliss in Moraga. As a result of rapid actions by the first arriving crews, the fire did not spread to the rest of the house and was contained to the garage. .. Full Story

Progress on the Station 43 construction progress is continuing according to schedule. Today marked a critical milestone as 36 reinforced concrete piers were drilled and poured. Each pier is 20’ deep and 2’ wide and, due to the soil composition, were drilled and immediately poured. This is a complex operation on any project and was made even more challenging by the small size of our job site and the number of people and vehicles required to carry it out. .. Full Story

Each year in mid-April the Fire District sends out over 13,000 postcards advising property owners of the June 15th deadline to abate their properties to be in compliance with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District’s Exterior Hazard Control Standards (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=196457). All District property owners have a shared responsibility to provide a fire safe environment and maintain their property free of exterior fire hazards throughout the fire season. Abundant rainfall has led to excessive growth of plants and grasses this year. The annual growth of grasses can change from beautiful green to a very flammable brown in just a few weeks. The opportunity to get the work done after the rain has stopped and before the fire season starts can be a very narrow window. Planning to get this work done sooner will reduce wildfire risk. Each year the State of California experiences a number of significant large fires in early June which reinforces the need.. Full Story

Hundreds of goats have been released to assist with mitigation... Full Story

Following the budget workshop held on March 15th, the district’s Long Range Financial Forecast has been updated. The updated forecast is available here (/divisions/admin) by scrolling to the bottom of the page. The board packet from the workshop is available here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=244490)... Full Story

The Bear Ridge Homeowners Association received cost share funding from Diablo Fire Safe Council for a project to thin and remove hazardous vegetation behind homes. The project is located in the large open space owned by the Bear Ridge HOA, where a MOFD fire trail connects the top of Bear Ridge Road and Tappan Lane to Bear Creek Road. The project to reduce wildfire risk in North Orinda was in cooperation with the Bear Ridge HOA, CalFire, Diablo Fire Safe Council, East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) and MOFD. After an all clear from the biological review, the CalFire conservation crews were brought in. Over 3 weeks the crews removed or thinned combustible overgrown vegetation, removed dead trees and “limbed” up healthy trees to prevent fire spread. The vegetation was then chipped and broadcast back to compost, for weed control and prevent erosion. This project is a great example of a cooperative effort with public, private agencies and homeowners to reduce risk of .. Full Story

The Moraga Orinda Fire District is pleased to announce it has tentatively selected a contractor for the Station 43 construction project and made a Notice of Intent to Award to Sausal Construction of Concord, CA. The award of the contract is contingent on the awardee producing required bonding and insurance documents. More information is available on the Station 43 Construction Page (http://www.mofd.org/news/station-construction-projects) of this website... Full Story

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Recall w/Health Canada Recall Date: November 2, 2017 Recall Number: 18-022 Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported Recall Summary Name of Product: Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles Hazard: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. Remedy: Replace Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency. Note: This recall includes fire extinguisher models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde branded fire extinguishers included in these previously announ.. Full Story

New Fire Chief21-Nov-2017

PRESS RELEASE Moraga-Orinda Fire District Moraga, CA Moraga-Orinda Fire District New Fire Chief Contact: Jerry Lee, Interim Fire Chief, 925-258-4500 Release Date: November 21, 2017 MORAGA, CA – The Moraga-Orinda Fire District Board of Directors has selected Dave Winnacker to be the District’s next Fire Chief. Chief Winnacker has 13 years of fire service experience with Fresno City, Newark, and Alameda County. He comes to MOFD from the Alameda County Fire Department where he served as the Division Chief of Special Operations and Liaison Chief Officer for the City of Emeryville and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory... Full Story

Safety Video02-Mar-2017

Following an armed robbery that occurred in an Orinda residential driveway last fall, community members asked Orinda Association President, Cindy Powell, to bring together Orinda safety officials to address community concerns, resulting in a November 2016 Safety Forum. Open to the public, the forum featured police, fire, and emergency preparedness officials, who shared important information and answered questions on safety.” Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel presented an update on crime prevention in the City, and representatives from both MOFD and Lamorinda CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) spoke about emergency preparedness, fire safety and neighborhood security. The video was produced and created by Susan Garell. "Staying Safe in Orinda~Comprehensive Guidance From Orinda's Top Safety Officials" is based on the forum and further in-depth interviews. .. Full Story

Sandbag Info Sheet (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=236493) .. Full Story

MOFD will be providing limited plan review services at the Orinda Planning Department beginning October 12, 2016. The purpose of this service is to improve efficiency and customer service to individuals and companies who have projects within the City of Orinda. MOFD staff will be available onsite in the Orinda Planning Department every Wednesday, from 1:00-4:30pm. Staff will provide limited plan review services, which include review of minor projects for “over the counter” approval and stamping of plans, design consultation services, site access services, gate design reviews, stamping of EBMUD water forms, collaboration with Orinda Planning staff on project design issues, and other plan review services as determined by the Fire Marshal. The Orinda Planning Department is located at 22 Orinda Way, in Orinda. Please review the procedures for submitting in Orinda: Applicant Information sheet (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=236457) For more information, please c.. Full Story

Lamorinda’s Community Emergency Response Team hosts Record-Breaking Basic Training Class in Lafayette Whether it’s because we’re on the heels of one of California’s most disastrous wildland fire seasons ever or because we’re in the midst of an El Nino weather event that could bring heavy rains and flooding; Duncan Seibert, Lamorinda CERT’s Program Manager, is glad more that fifty Lamorinda residents are participating in this month’s emergency preparedness training. “This is the largest class Lamorinda CERT has ever hosted,” said Seibert. In fact, interest was so great the training had to be moved to the larger, Jenifer Russell Room at Lafayette's Community Center. Participants have committed to attending six, 3-hour, evening sessions. CERT training is designed to provide basic emergency preparedness skills including: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster First Aid, Light Search & Rescue, Disaster Psycholog.. Full Story

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