NOVATO, Calif. (KGO) -- In the North Bay, work is about to start on one of the largest wildfire prevention projects in Marin County history. Imagine creating a massive fire break or buffer zone around one city. That's the goal in Novato where thousands of homes could soon be protected.
Novato Fire Chief Bill Tyler showed ABC7 News how the next major wildfire could be stopped thanks to the biggest buffer zone, the North Bay has likely ever seen.
"Fires are bigger, they're burning longer and more destructive than ever, it's incumbent for agencies to work together to try and protect these communities," Chief Tyler said.
Novato Fire District and other agencies are partnering with the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority to create a giant shaded fuel break, or fire safety zone around the entire city.
The project is not only ambitious but also massive. Creating fuel breaks 200-300 feet wide, stretching 60 miles around the city.
"We decrease the rate of spread, we decrease the intensity, we give our residents more time to evacuate and we give our firefighters a chance to put the fire out," said Mark Brown Executive Director of Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority.
The 5-year, $8 million project could begin this summer.
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