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Published on August 18th, 2021
Helpful mitigation tips to keep wildfires at bay
While lightening strikes were to blame for several recent California wildfires, the majority of fires are sparked from a human source, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. On Aug. 9 ConFire announced two arson arrests and 14 fireworks-related ...By Jennifer Wake

Published on August 4th, 2021
MOFD board votes to maintain equal Moraga/Orinda six cent Fire Flow Tax rate
Currently the Fire Flow Tax in both Moraga ...By Vera Kochan

Published on August 4th, 2021
Lamorinda communities participate in virtual evacuation drill
Lamorinda residents began receiving text messages and phone calls from the Contra Costa County Community Warning System the morning of July 31 during a virtual evacuation exercise conducted by the Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda police departments, the Moraga-Orinda Fire ...By Jennifer Wake

Published on July 21st, 2021
Emergency Preparedness plans involve tapping tech
Several of the steps being taken by ...By Jennifer Wake

Published on July 7th, 2021
Exercises in Moraga train area firefighters and reduce flammable fuels
In late June a controlled burn at the John Muir Land Trust's Painted Rock property in Moraga served the dual purpose of reducing fuels that might feed a wildfire and providing an opportunity to train firefighters from around the Bay Area. Moraga-Orinda Fire District ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on July 7th, 2021
ALERTWildfire cameras give Lamorinda first responders the edge during fire season
The concept of cameras located on mountain peaks, taking real-time videos of local topography in order to alert fire crews to a potential disaster, sounds like an idea that should have been invented ages ago. In fact, the ALERTWildfire cameras have only been around ...By Vera Kochan

Published on June 23rd, 2021
Hardening homes for fire season a top priority
Some say it takes a village to raise a child, but Moraga-Orinda Fire District Chief Dave Winnacker suggests it's equally true that it will take a village to protect each other from wildfire.
By Jennifer Wake

Published on June 9th, 2021
MOFD board gives green light to use grant for comprehensive evacuation support system
In a continuing effort to facilitate communication among emergency services agencies, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board May 21 approved a motion to use $300,000 in grant money to enter into a software agreement with Zonehaven, Inc. to develop a comprehensive ...By Jennifer Wake

Published on May 26th, 2021
Special Council Meeting outlines wildfire preparedness and response
At a special Lafayette City Council meeting May 17 addressing 2021 wildfire preparedness and response, robust communication efforts proved to be as important as vegetation mitigation, fire breaks, fire-fighting equipment, access road maintenance and other proactive ...By Lou Fancher

Published on May 26th, 2021
Suggestion to consolidate MOFD with ConFire causes community outrage
With a point that has since become moot, the ...By Vera Kochan

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

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