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Published on May 12th 2021
Local leaders gather to raise awareness of wildfire danger and push residents to prepare
The Directors of the California Office of Emergency Services, the Director of Cal Fire, the mayors of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda, the president of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board, MOFD Fire Chief Dave Winnacker, and other elected officials were at the San Pablo ...By Sora O'Doherty


Published on April 28th, 2021
MOFD board adopts Community Wildfire Protection Plan, chipper program expansion
Following an incredibly dry winter, warnings of a devastating fire season ahead became all too real after the April 21 declaration of a drought emergency by Gov. Gavin Newsom for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The Moraga-Orinda Fire District mitigation efforts are ...By Jennifer Wake


Published on March 31st, 2021
Fuel abatement deadline looms for local property owners
When it comes to making the Lamorinda community safe from wildfires, especially after a dry winter, time is of the essence. But when dead trees, brush or grasses need removal from your property, time isn't always on your side.
By Jennifer Wake


Published on March 31st, 2021
Orinda gears up for fire protection with new oversight commission, chipper and vehicle
At its first meeting on March 10, the newly formed Supplemental Sales Tax Oversight Commission (SSTOC) - the successor to the very influential Citizens Infrastructure Oversight Commission, which was formed to oversee expenditures of the previously approved sales tax ...By Sora O'Doherty


Published on March 3rd, 2021
Longtime Moraga resident bequeaths $200K to Rescue One
As part of her lifelong commitment to give back to the community, over the past several years Moraga resident Angie Sakalay made an annual donation to the Rescue One Foundation - a nonprofit that collects and administers funds to purchase medical equipment on behalf of ...By Jennifer Wake


Published on February 17th, 2021
Orinda lawmaker pushes for stronger communication between utilities and fire agencies
Prompted by ordinances enacted in her ...By Nick Marnell


Published on February 17th, 2021
Lafayette intent on improving neighborhood wildfire mitigation
For a city that a fire chief once said kept ...By Nick Marnell


Published on February 17th, 2021
County fire agencies collaborate to expand vaccine distribution
As the county health department promised in January, firefighters have taken on a large role in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine throughout Contra Costa County. The nine county fire agencies, including the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and the Contra Costa County ...By Nick Marnell


Published on February 3rd, 2021
Local residents place high faith in the Community Warning System
Even as they witness the bungling of ...By Nick Marnell


Published on February 3rd, 2021
MOFD and PG&E avoid litigation, settle company lawsuit
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company avoided litigation by settling a lawsuit brought by the company over safety restrictions placed upon PG&E by a 2020 fire district ordinance.
By Nick Marnell


Published on January 20, 2021
Upcoming Community Wildfire Prevention Plan meetings
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District released a ...By Nick Marnell


Published on January 20, 2021
Firefighters called upon to distribute COVID-19 vaccine
Acknowledging that the initial phase of the ...By Nick Marnell


Published on January 20, 2021
Thousands of dead trees pose extreme fire risk in Lamorinda
You do not have to drive very far in Lamorinda before you see dead or dying trees. "I removed thousands of dead trees in Lamorinda last year," said Brian Gates of Expert Tree Service in Orinda. "By summer, there will be thousands more."
By Nick Marnell



Published on January 6th, 2021
Changes in the MOFD executive and management ranks
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District reshuffled its executive team in December and also announced the elevation of a fire captain to battalion chief.
After serving an unprecedented two ...
By Nick Marnell



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