For many people throughout Mill Valley and Marin, the horrific footage of the Camp Fire in November 2018 sparked a two-fold reaction: how can we help those who affected by the inferno that struck Concow, Paradise, Magalia and Chico in Butte County, and what can we do to reduce the likelihood that a similar tragedy won’t occur here.

FIRESafe Marin, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing wildland fire hazards and improving fire-safety awareness in Marin, has teamed up with the Mill Valley Fire Dept., with support from the Rotary Club of Mill Valley, on an event that seeks to directly address both of those concerns.

On Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30pm at the CineArts Sequoia theater in downtown Mill Valley, those organizations are hosting a screening of the “Camp Fire Documentary,” a 50-minute film from Golden Eagle Films that chronicles a small part of the story one county experienced during its darkest day. Butte County filmmaker Nancy Hamilton’s film is first-person account that draws on cell phone footage from more than three dozen individuals and first responders that encountered the fire.

​”With this event, we are both investing in our community’s efforts to reduce wildfire hazards in Marin County through FIRESafe Marin and supporting the organizations that are supporting Camp Fire survivors,” says Mill Valley Fire Department Chief Tom Welch.

Hamilton will introduce the film screening, which will be followed by a panel discussion including the Camp Fire’s Deputy Incident Commander; Camp Fire survivors, local wildfire experts and leaders, as well as Stephen Murray, a 31-year resident of Paradise and a father of two young children who single-handedly rescued more than 60 senior citizens from a burning mobile home community during the fire.

All proceeds raised at the event will go to charities that support survivors of the Camp Fire, and to support FIRESafe Marin’s fledgling goat grazing program to reduce wildfire hazards in Marin.

The 411: FIRESafe Marin, Mill Valley Fire Dept., with support from the Rotary Club of Mill Valley, host a screening of the Camp Fire Documentary on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30pm at the CineArts Sequoia theater in Mill Valley. All proceeds raised at the event will go to charities that support survivors of the Camp Fire, and to support FIRESafe Marin’s fledgling goat grazing program to reduce wildfire hazards in Marin. Tix $50. MORE INFO.

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