Not related to the fire, but I was in Point Reyes Station at sunset tonight when some tourists accidentally stepped on the gas in the Palace Market parking lot, slammed their car into the side of the grocery store and knocked a bunch of food out of the frozen section. These are unprecedented times. Be safe everyone.
We're heading into the Red Flag Warning window. Be sure to have your bags packed and ready in case the evacuation status changes.
Via Daniel Swain: "Elevated convection has already developed offshore of Central Coast. WRF suggests this area of convection will expand/intensify as it moves N/NWward over Bay Area/NorCal later this evening.
Sometimes I post content targeted toward fellow meteorologists/scientists (such as this!). For those asking what this means: predicted dry lightning outbreak still on track for Bay Area & points northward this evening and overnight. Extent of lightning still unclear."
Via NWS Bay Area: "RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for the entire San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast from 5 am Sunday to 5 pm MONDAY (updated) for Dry Lightning and Gusty Erratic Outflow Winds from Thunderstorms."
Super scoopers are back attacking the #woodwardfire for the third day in a row. They have a different flight path and looks like they are targeting the north west corner of the fire.
Here is the report from Marin County Fire this morning:
2,689 acres. 5% containment
#woodwardfire status briefing: today at approx. 9:30am
Watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marincountyfire/
Watch on Zoom: http://zoom.us/join
Meeting ID: 951 6747 3562
Listen by telephone:
Attendee ID: #
Meeting ID: 951 6747 3562
Most people who live and hike in Point Reyes are most familiar with the area through the trails and camps. It's been hard to orient a sense of the fire without those landmarks. I took the fire map from Marin County Fire and overlaid it onto the Point Reyes National Seashore trail map. It is important to remember that the fire map is not an ACTUAL map of the fire. It is some data points collected throughout the day about the fire.
From Paul Doherty (GIS for EM Professor): "The perimeter is only generally mapped once a day by a nighttime infrared sensor on a plane and corrected by an expert. Satellite hotspots occur a few times a day but are not precise and are not reviewed / edit by experts."
- The pink area is the Woodward fire perimeter as of 8/21/20.
- The red area is USA Wildfires v1 current perimeter.
- The red dots are MODIS and VIIRS thermal hotspots and fire activity.
You can find the WoodwardFire map here:https://marincounty.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=8e8b73f198634c78b3048e1f8e95d6ab
Perhaps today was the calm before the storm, but we ended on this note. Sunset at Olema Hill. The super scoopers made 62 drops dumping 93,000 gallons of Tomales Bay water on the #woodwardfire. Be safe. Be prepared. 🙏🏆🙏
This video shows exactly what's going on, on the frontlines of the #woodwardfire in Point Reyes. A lot of backbreaking work in intense heat and stress. Thank you to all these firefighters and pilots keeping us safe. If you see them in town, give them the thumbs up. (Thx SP)https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=303281697411844
The super scoopers are back in Point Reyes today fighting the #woodwardfire. 🏆🙏
"The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains and other parts of the Bay Area, which is in effect from 5 AM Sunday to 5 PM Monday. Dry lightning and gusty, erratic outflow winds over existing wildfires."
"The Woodward Fire burning in the Point Reyes National Seashore is currently 2,259 acres and 5% contained. Evacuation warnings are in place for multiple communities in West Marin. We know you have questions and we want to answer them. We will have a diverse panel of speakers from multiple agencies for the townhall.
We will be hosting a virtual townhall on Saturday August 22nd, 2020 at 5PM. The townhall will be available to watch live:
• Watch Zoom meeting at www.zoom.us/Join or call (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 951 6747 3562, Attendee ID: #, Password: 925738
• Watch live via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marincountyfire/
• Watch online through Community Media Center of Marin
• Watch on your TV: tune in to Comcast Channel 27 or AT&T Channel 99
Questions for the townhall can be submitted to email@example.com. Questions will be taken until 12:00PM on Saturday August 22nd, 2020."
The Marin County Fire #woodwardfire press conference was this morning. Video starts around 8:00. Some of the main points:https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=669340390605728&ref=watch_permalink
- 2,259 acres and 5% contained.
- 20 engines, two water tenders, three helicopters, five hand crews, 26 overheard crew
- Fire is still moving N and NE which is the biggest concern
- In thick, dry Douglass firs, tough to fight
- Crews working on direct and indirect fire lines
- Hard to find the southern edge of the fire in the smoke
- Very concerned about wind and weather shift starting on Sunday with dry thunderstorms and lightning
- Still potential for fire to move long distances.
Evacuation warnings still in effect. Visitors should avoid the area. Local residents should be packed and ready to evacuate if necessary.
Multiple helicopters on scene working the #woodwardfire now. They've put in a request for air attack and firefighters are on the line working on direct and indirect lines.
"Update as of August 22nd
Samuel P. Taylor State Park is CLOSED.
THIS CLOSURE INCLUDES CYCLISTS AND HIKERS.
Due to the Woodward Fire, we have evacuated and closed the park. We will remain closed until further notice.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding during this time."
While the 'Canadians to the rescue' storyline with the super scooper airplanes today was compelling, it was not unfortunately not correct.
From the pilot Jason Robinson: "We are from the US! Eh! 🏴☠️🇺🇸😎. Scooper 261 crew from Colorado and Washington. Scooper 262 crew from Oregon and Minnesota. Happy to help and will prob be back tomorrow.
We are often confused with the Canadian super scoopers. Although we have a few Canadian pilots in our group, our company has been flying fires in the US since 1963. The aircraft is a Viking CL-415 that is more commonly used in Canada and Europe. This is a rare aircraft in the US and we operate 4 of them from our base in Spokane Washington. Happy to assist and we always appreciate the photos and videos.
Tomales Bay and the Marin area is incredible and there are a lot of dedicated firefighters on the ground doing there best with limited resources."
See more of their work in action here: https://www.facebook.com/aerofliteaerialfirefighting/
My apologies. Thank you Jason and your fellow crew!
Photo by DM.
#woodwardfire at 7:20pm from Olema Hill on Friday, 8/20/20.
THERE IS AN EVACUATION WARNING IN WEST MARIN due to the #woodwardfire. If you are not a local resident, please do not visit during this time. No surfing in Bolinas. Do not go into the park. Do not go to the Tomales Bay beaches.
Point Reyes National Seashore is closed until further notice. This closure is in effect due to the Woodward Fire that started the afternoon of Tuesday August 18th.
Shell Beach is closed.
Whitehouse Pool and Chicken Ranch Beach are now closed, along with Agate Beach, until further notice. This is for public safety due to fire activity in the region. Please avoid visiting anywhere near that coastal region at this time.
All areas in red on this map are closed.
#woodwardfire water scoopers on Tomales Bay. They waved as they flew over us.
Getting a little emotional as full water air support from Canada doing scoop rotations on Tomales Bay to fight the #woodwarefire. Thank you to everyone fighting this fire.
Air support just dropped a load of retardant on the north side of the #woodwardfire at 1:56pm on Friday, 8/21/20.
“Kathy Runion who operates the feral cat sanctuary needs immediate help to carry cat carriers down 40 stairs. Contact Peggy Day 415 608 2044 for details.”
"Evacuation WARNING area expanded to include Olema, Inverness, Inverness Park and Sea Haven for Woodward Fire. All previous warnings still in effect."
"El área de ADVERTENCIA de evacuación se expandió para incluir Olema, Inverness, Inverness Park y Sea Haven para Woodward Fire. Todas las advertencias anteriores siguen vigentes".
EVACUATION ORDERS EXPANDED. PARK IS CLOSED.
"All previous evacuation warnings remain in effect.
The evacuation warning area is being expanded, out of an abundance of caution, for the following areas:
West of Highway 1 and Sir Francis Drake Blvd (northern intersection) to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. This includes the communities of Olema, Inverness, Inverness Park and Sea Haven.
Sir Francis Drake to the Bay Area Ridge Trail, continuing to the Bolinas Ridge Fire Road and the McCurdy Trail – all areas west of those intersections.
Point Reyes National Seashore west of Highway 1 is now closed to all visitors.
We ask that coastal traffic be limited to local traffic only. There are very few evacuation routes from west Marin and there are multiple fire resources utilizing the roadways. It is imperative that we leave the roadways open in the event of an evacuation order.
An evacuation warning gives you time to prepare. Please prepare your home, prepare a go bag, charge your electronic devices and prepare your family and pets to leave immediately in the event of an evacuation order.
Register at Alertmarin.org and NIXLE to receive emergency notifications."
#woodwardfire from Olema Hill at 10:14am on 8/21/20.
Matthew Pera, a reporter for the MarinIJ, posted this yesterday: "Satellite view of the #woodwardfire in Point Reyes, now 1,500 acres *satellite image might not be entirely up to date and we haven't been updated on the fire's size since this morning. For context, here's a view of the 1995 Vision Fire that burned 12,354 acres and destroyed 45 homes in West Marin."
Note: Marin County Fire said the fire is at 2100 acres as of this morning.
In case there was any confusion, the county evacuation center in Point Reyes Station at West Marin School is closed tonight (Thursday).
View of #woodwardfire on Thursday night (8/20/20).
Via Marin County Fire: “The Woodward Fire, located in the Point Reyes National Seashore, has burned about 2,000 acres of dense vegetation in a sparsely populated area of coastal Marin County since it started August 18 and is 0% contained as of 5:30 p.m. on August 20. No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged.
The fire, caused by lightning, has sent smoke plumes throughout Marin and San Francisco counties, partly leading to a Spare the Air Alert issued August 20 by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
The fire continues to burn south of Limantour Road, north of the Bear Valley Trail, and west of Shoreline Highway (State Route 1). The area is steep with limited access on foot, causing challenges for firefighters. With resources strained in the state due to the large number of fires burning, aerial resources were not available until the afternoon of August 20. Previous resource requests were unfilled as aircraft was dispatched to other priority fires with imminent life and safety threats.”
Wind has picked up and smoke is billowing at #woodwardfire. Five planes circling with giant 747s dropping retardant.
#woodwardfire as seen from the youth hostel around noon on Thursday, 8/20/20. (Thx HM)
Via Marin County Fire: "The cause of the Woodward Fire has been determined to be lightning."
You can watch a recording of today's #woodwardfire press conference here (starts around 7:25):https://www.facebook.com/marincountyfire/videos/304805280771714/
- They address rumors that because the fire is on federal land, the park is just letting it burn (not true).
- There is an unprecedented drawdown on resources in California. Crews from Montana will be arriving to assist this weekend.
- Limantour Road is closed.
- Evacuation warning still in place for Olema down to Bolinas, be prepared to evacuate if fire starts to move and order is given.
- They strongly advise people to avoid the area and keep roadways near the fire zone clear for emergency personnel.
"This just in from the Point Reyes National Seashore Association:
With fires raging around the Bay Area, I'm writing to say I hope you are safe. I'm also happy to share information from the National Park Service and Marin County Fire on how to best access information about the Woodward fire currently burning at Point Reyes National Seashore.
How You Can Help
Our National Park Service partners are encouraging people to visit the Seashore at a later, safer time. IF you decide to visit the park right now, please use extreme caution. In addition to road construction activity, there is fire-related activity on park roadways. Hazardous conditions exist and capacity to support visitors is limited. As we know from the experience of the last few years, conditions can change rapidly.
The following areas are closed:
- Bear Valley Area
- Limantour Road
- Five Brooks Trailhead
- Coast, Glen, Sky, and Wildcat Campgrounds
-The area west of Bear Valley Trail and south and east of Limantour Road
Park closures due to #WoodwardFire are detailed here: http://go.nps.gov/pore/fire
Fire updates are being made on the Marin County Fire Department Information Hotline at 415-473-7191. Updates can also be found on the following Marin County Fire Department social media pages:https://www.facebook.com/marincountyfirehttps://twitter.com/marincountyfirehttp://instagram.com/marincountyfire
I am grateful for the hard working fire crews and NPS emergency response and communications staff who are protecting lives and our precious park.
Take good care,
Executive Director PRNSA )Point Reyes National Seashore Association)"
Live KWMR programming begins at 9 AM today. The only change from the Marin County Fire Department update of 7 AM is that the fire has grown to 1500 acres. Fire personnel are gathering this morning to get back to work. Richard Dillman will prepare an update for the recorded every 30 minute message this morning.
County asks everyone to call 415-473-7191 for any information and to sign up for AlertMarin if you haven’t done so. AlertMarin is not NIxle; it is a telephone system for automatic phone calls from the Sheriff’s Office, which is in charge of evacuations. Your home phone landlines should already be in the system, but you can register cell phones. It also sends emergency texts. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.marinsheriff.org/services/emergency-services/alert-marin
Also follow the Marin County Fire twitter feed here:https://twitter.com/marincountyfire
If any new developments warrant it, KWMR will go to more frequent announcements.
Listen to KWMR at 90.5 and on www.kwmr.org
A shot of the #woodwardfire from later in the day today from Limantour Beach showing how the fire burned down to the sand. (thx HM)
The view of #woodwardfire at 10:14pm on 8/1920 from Olema Hill. Wind is calm, fire is smoldering just over the ridge,
Shot of #woodwardfire from Limantour Beach at 1:10pm on 8/19/20. (Thx HM)
I was just at Shell Beach in Inverness and folks said that a state park official came and closed down the beach because of the fire. Have not seen official word on this yet. Anyone else have any information about state parks in the area?
"Due to the regional fires, Coastal Health Alliance will not be performing COVID-19 testing on Thursday, August 20th at the Point Reyes Clinic."
Shot of the #woodwardfire from Inverness at 10:30am. Local fire dept. representative said there is no immediate danger for Inverness, Point Reyes, Olema or Bolinas. Evacuation warning warning still in place for Olema and Bolinas. (thx SC and BE)
Via Marin Country Fire:
A briefing on the Woodward Fire will be available here starting at 9:30am:
Livestream on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/marincountyfire/
Join by telephone: (669) 900-6833
Attendee ID: #
Meeting ID: 951 6747 3562
#woodwardfire at 7:58am this morning. Still smoking, occasional flame, it made it over ridge in one spot. Still light wind now, but supposed to pick up this afternoon from the west/northwest.
Via Marin County Sheriff: “Deputies and @NatlParkService Rangers worked hard through the night to clear numerous trails in the evac warning zone with little to no cell phone service. We located and help evacuate 25 hikers from different areas of the Point Reyes National Seashore.”
#woodacre fire still burning away in Point Reyes. Very light wind, hasn’t made it over the ridge yet. Some scary looking flare ups though. Hope it moves slow until the morning at least.
Via Marin County Fire Department: "Evacuation Warning: There is a 700 acre fire burning West of Olema. Please gather medications, pets, critical papers, and be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary. The evacuation warning area is in the map below. We will update you if evacuation is necessary. Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency."
Here is the view of the fire from Limantour Road near Muddy Hollow trailhead. It’s near the top of the ridge, but on the other side. And wind is blowing (and is forecasted to blow) from the NW.
Not a lot of new information on the fire. Wind is blowing NW, not a lot of air support available because of all the other fires. “New Fire "4-6 Fire" Point Reyes National Seashore (Smoke impacts to West Marin) MCFD is responding to the fire in the Point Reyes National Seashore - Adjacent to the Woodward Trail. Difficult access. No Structure threat, no evacuation orders. Trail closures to PRNSS.” Photo via Marin County Sheriff
Another fire. “This is a new start. called the #4-6fire - initial reports from @marincountyfire is 7 acres near the woodward trail. difficult access. no structure threat or evacuations at this time.”
Local resident Billy Wesner had $1,500 worth of equipment stolen out of his white Dodge pickup truck in Point Reyes Station last night including a power pole saw and a climb saw. If you have any information that would help him recover these items, please contact him.
The big stump which used to be the big tree in downtown Point Reyes Station is now officially gone. (thx PD)
Via Point Reyes National Seashore "Crews continue to work on the “4-5” fire near Coast Camp. It’s 5 acres with 0% containment. Trail closures include Sky, trails off Bear Valley towards Sky, Coast near Limantour and Woodward Valley. Thank you firefighters and all support personnel! (cb)"
Via Marin County Sheriff's Office - "Remember back in February when Marin County Search and Rescue and multiple regional resources searched for Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin for 8 days and found them in Inverness?
Friday, one of our search managers and an Inverness Fire Volunteer had the opportunity to meet up with Carol and Ian, give them an overview of the search and then the team went for a hike to try and determine where they got lost.
This is invaluable information for our search and rescue team for future searches.
We are happy to report that Carol and Ian are doing well and have fully recovered."
Smoke drifting up towards Olema from a vegetation fire down by Limantour Beach. No word on status or size yet
START TIME: AUG 17, 9:56 AM
ESTIMATED RESTORATION: AUG 17, 2:15 PM
CUSTOMERS AFFECTED: 2083
CAUSE: Unknown - PG&E is investigating the cause.
STATUS: PG&E has assigned a crew to assess the outage.
AUG 17, 12:22 PM
Power out in Point Reyes Station and Inverness. Anyone know what happened?
Dramatic bolt of lightning over Tomales Bay this morning. Photo by Chris Galvin.
Via NWS Bay Area. A chance of more lightning tonight. “Night shift is back! Circled area is the 2nd slug of moisture we will be watching closely for another round of elevated convective thunderstorms.”
Via Marin County Fire “#Fire1-3 Update ( Fire in the area of Mount Barnabe) Holding at 10 acres with 60% containment. No current evacuation orders or warnings in place, no structures threatened. @CALFIRE Aircraft and Marin ground resources are at scene. Fire information hotline 415-473-7191.”
Vegetation fire above Olema. Anyone have details?
“#Fire1-3 Update ( Fire in the area of Mount Barnaby) update 10 acres, potential for 15-20 acres. No current evacuation orders or warnings in place, no structures threatened. @CALFIRE Aircraft and Marin ground resources are at scene. Fire information hotline 415-473-7191”
Intense skies over Point Reyes this morning.
Via Point Reyes National Seashore “Alert! Multiple hazardous conditions in the park. Trees downed by the storm have blocked several trails. Fire Crews are on scene with two active fires in the park. Please avoid the area while we continue to assess damage and access. (fo)”
Via Point Reyes National Seashore: "The only gas station in Pt. Reyes National Seashore ran out of gas yesterday/Sat. due to huge crowds. No word yet on when it will be refueled. Please plan accordingly and #recreateresponsibly if you come here. Bring a mask & keep social distance."
At 8:00am on Sunday: "The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Marin County."
“Multiple small lightning fires popping up in #Marin Co now.
1/4-1/2 acre fire w/ slow ROS on Barnabe Mountain.
Another unit on-viewed a down strike which ignited a fire on a ridge in the Rocky Hill area (Point Reyes Petaluma Rd). No size on that fire yet.”
Intense lightning over Inverness this morning.
A tourist had heat stroke out by the lighthouse in Point Reyes this evening which was the cause of all of those sirens. The REACH helicopter was called as well. Hopefully the person was ok. Heat will continue through this week. Stay hydrated. Be safe.
It was a hot and crowded day in Inverness, and the evening chill is here.
"Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has been directed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to turn off power to approximately 200,000 to 250,000 customers at a time in rotating power outages given the strain on the power grid during the statewide heatwave. Other power utilities in the state are being directed to take similar actions.
The safety of our customers and the communities that we serve is PG&E’s most important responsibility. We urge our customers to take immediate steps to reduce their power usage. We will work to restore power safely and as quickly as we are able”
Californians are being urged to continue to conserve power until 11 p.m. tonight to reduce power usage as supplies run tight during the peak period today.
Rotating outages are not Public Safety Power Shutoffs, which are conducted during specific high fire threat conditions.
Due to the emergency, PG&E will be unable to notify customers in advance of the power shutoffs, which could occur anywhere within PG&E’s service area."
FULL UPDATE: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200814005503/en/Strain-Power-Grid-Excessive-Heat-PGE-Begins
Outside structure fire up around Callendar Way in Inverness. Contained now.
There is a medical emergency up on the Bolinas Ridge. (Thx WS)
“The upcoming California heatwave is looking increasingly impressive. Intense and long-duration event now expected except at the immediate coast. And this will be a relatively humid heatwave, with unusually warm overnight temps. Some record heat is possible. “
FULL STORY: https://twitter.com/weather_west/status/1293669786962952192?s=21
From the Marin County Sheriff: "We are currently negotiating with a suicidal subject with a gun on Nicasio Valley Road near Nicasio Resevoir. Our negotiations team (HNT) is on scene working toward a peaceful resolution. Avoid the area."
Via Marin County Sheriff Nixle alert: "Nicasio Valley Road closed north of Nicasio and south of petaluma point Reyes Road for police activity. Avoid the area." Anyone know what's going on?
There was a car accident out by Drake's Beach. Helicopter transport was called, then cancelled and then called again. Hopefully everything ok.
Hog Island as the fog bank rolls on this evening.
Via Point Reyes National Seashore: "Fantastic Friday news! Limantour Road has reopened just in time for the weekend. We hope you have a good one!"
Spotted on the way to Kehoe in Point Reyes. It looked like a bobcat to us, bigger then a cat, not a dog but not your normal bobcat? Anybody? Help?
For those wondering, that’s a Northrop T-38 Talon that keeps cruising over Point Reyes. No idea why. Training?
An amazing orange moonrise over Inverness tonight. Anyone else get a good shot of it?
Via PRNPS "Effective immediately, Limantour Road in Point Reyes National Seashore is closed until further notice. Road construction crews this morning encountered highly unstable subsurface soils so the road is closed for safety concerns. For up to date park information please visit our park website: https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
Sounds like there is a helicopter and emergency equipment on the Bolinas Ridge right now. Nothing on Pulse Point, anyone know what is happening?
"Ever thought you'd like to work for the National Park Service? Point Reyes National Seashore is currently looking to hire a Motor Vehicle Operator (with other duties as assigned) on our Roads Crew!
Work includes hauling equipment, hauling and spreading materials, back-country and front-country road maintenance, and park maintenance.
Must possess a current Class A Commercial Drivers License.
This is a temporary position anticipated to last one year, but could be extended up to two years. $29.64 per hour.
Call (415) 464-5158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. (JJ)"
Sounds like a bad accident on Rt. 1 by Hog Island oysters. Proceed with caution. Hope everyone is ok.
Some very tough news from Christian Caiazzo: "No burying the lead here. Osteria Stellina, my baby, a restaurant concept built on food politics, organics, community, regional Italian cooking, love and idiocy, and a culmination of a life in the kitchen— from dishwashing and bussing in my first restaurant job at 14, to cooking at Postrio, Union Square Café, Globe, Fifth Floor, Lascaux, and 25 other restaurants on two coasts—is closing at the end of August."
FULL POST: https://www.facebook.com/christian.caiazzo.9/posts/10219430690852947?__tn__=K-R
Fire department is investigating a structure fire at 9 Drakes View Dr. in Inverness Park.
PG&E helicopters inspecting wires in Inverness today.
If you’re heading out to the beaches in Point Reyes, expect significant delays. They are doing major road work to repair SFD near the estero and a long stretch is down to one lane with traffic controls.
"PG&E is conducting system hardening work in Inverness tomorrow, Thurs, as part of wildfire mitigation. A helicopter will be needed to safely replace poles & lines in inaccessible areas. We have contacted local customers."
A very important message from Wade Holland: "The biggest problem we are having at the Inverness Water System right now is the high water usage occurring between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. -- timer-controlled irrigation systems cycling on! We have depended traditionally on low usage overnight to recover the drawdown on our tanks from the daytime peak demand (morning and evening household usage). These days we are seeing so much usage during the wee hours that the tanks are not recovering overnight.
Folks with automated watering systems need to adjust them -- or, better yet, turn them off altogether! If we can't rein in this heavy demand for nighttime outdoor water usage, we're likely to end up in just a few weeks having to cope with a total ban on all outdoor water usage!
We urge all customers of the Inverness Water System to cooperate, beginning RIGHT NOW! ""
The Point Reyes Light has some in depth local coverage about COVID-19 today. Talks a lot about the challenges of testing and fills in some details about the new positive cases.
“More than two weeks ago, (current West Marin services director Steve) Siegel said his staff member tested positive after an exposure from outside the workplace, and the organization moved to quarantine five other members who may have had meaningful contact.
The five employees quarantined for 12 days before being tested by services not provided by the clinic, and are currently still awaiting results. After clearing tests, the staffer who had tested positive was approved to return to work this week. Mr. Siegel said the organization has informed patients coming for in-person visits.
Terry Sawyer, a co-owner of Hog Island, said that two weeks ago a member of his seven-person farm crew tested positive, and that the entire crew remains quarantined while they await their results. In the meantime, he and other management positions were helping out on the farm.
Ken Dunaj, the owner of Building Supply, said that one of his 12 employees tested positive for Covid-19 after going home with a scratchy throat on July 1. Seven other employees are quarantined and awaiting test results.
“The only way we can survive this as a community is to improve testing,” Mr. Dunaj said yesterday. “I’m doing everything I can to protect everyone, but this is the seventh day I’m waiting for test results for employees: Our hands are completely tied from a business standpoint.”
Nevertheless, keeping people at home in the interim was a clear choice, Mr. Dunaj said, though he is short-handed.
“The community is so tight-knit as far as the people that live and work here,” he said. “When you have this tight connectivity, you not only have a responsibility to your own store and own employees, but a much broader responsibility.”
Spring is in full effect and local wildlife photographer Carlos Porrata is on it, capturing these fox kits and owlets in West Marin this week. Be safe. Wear a mask. Look out for mountain lions.
This is a report from a local resident. Obviously there is no way to verify this, but I'm passing it along just in case: "Mountain lion close encounter on the path down to Shell Beach on July 8. It was on the first part of the trail before the first turn to the left. Sure it was not a bobcat. Observed to be as big as a lab with a very long tail. Kind of out of nowhere. Jumped across the path ten feet away."
There was a serious accident on the PR/Petaluma Rd. this afternoon that they're still working on. Road looks open with delays. (Thx LN)
"The streams and creeks that supply West Marin are running low after the extraordinarily dry winter, and local water system managers are sounding the alarm. The Bolinas Community Public Utility District and North Marin Water District have already imposed water-use reductions, and the Inverness Public Utility District may do so later this month. "We are very concerned about how we will get through the next five to seven months, until we get to next year’s rains,” said Wade Holland, the customer services manager for IPUD. “This is the driest year IPUD has faced since we bought the water system 40 years ago, in 1980.”"
FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/water-supply-dwindling-small-districts
"The block-long, historic Emporium building in the heart of downtown Point Reyes Station changed hands last week in a $2.3 million deal. Four West Marin residents who hoped to keep rents affordable for the longstanding businesses housed in the building stepped in as investors, helping Leslie Kruth of Dogtown—whose parents, Jean and Larry Marks, bought the building in 1991—and her husband, Hal, to buy out the other heirs. The new group of owners intends to keep all the same tenants, including Cabaline Country Emporium, Point Reyes Books, Bovine Bakery, Leona’s, and those who use several offices upstairs. “We’d like to keep this building in the community,” said Dick Lemon, an Inverness resident and investor. “This isn’t a real estate investment by itself. There’s a double bottom line: it’s also an investment in the health of the community.”"
FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/locals-invest-purchase-downtown-point-reyes-building
From Lowell Strauss: "Looking for a ranch who may want to look after two flock guardians for a month this summer. A male neutered Caucasian Mountain Dog and a male neutered Tibetan Mastiff. Both excellent dogs. We don’t want to kennel while we are in Canada. I know there are a few ranchers who keep flock guardians but don’t know them personally." If you're interested contact Lowell, leave a comment or message me.
@johnakaufman witnessed this situation this morning at Limantour Beach in Point Reyes. It took a lot of work, focus and commitment to get here. “Space cadets drove from Limantour small parking Lot to the beach at 7 AM today. 2 1/2 hours later still there but this time with law-enforcement and Tim Bunce from Cheda’s.”
The response time and effort put into getting this challenging fire in very high winds was incredible. Thank you to all of the emergency crews. "#PierceFire on #Tomales Peninsula: We have released aircraft from this fire, canceled incoming resources, and will remain on scene throughout the night. Excellent teamwork on display. #WestMarin @PointReyesNPS" (Aerial photo by @CAL_FIRE, others by WMF)
Fire at pierce point in point Reyes.
Vegetation fire in the park. No word on size yet.
Caught this whale having a good day off of Point Reyes yesterday. Stay safe. Wear a mask.
"La Sirena Bo-tique, Bovida Health Cafe, Eleven Wharf, Don's Liquors and Bolinas Market will all be closed Saturday." (thx ECV)
"One of the most common questions we get from people in West Marin is why our helicopter is nearby. Most people automatically assume there is some sort of crazy police activity that puts them in danger, but the reality is that our helicopter is out there 2-3 times a week to conduct rescue operations like this. We will also transport patients who need to get to hospitals faster than a ground ambulance would be able to get them there (Mt. Tam to John Muir Trauma center in Walnut Creek is 10-15 minute flight vs up to 2 hours via ambulance). Our helicopter is rated as full ALS (advanced life support) capable and is always staffed with a paramedic. It's a great resource for the people of West Marin, if they ever need it." - via CHP
"The Inverness 4th of July foot races have been cancelled due to COVID-19" - Wade Holland (Photo by Matt Gallagher)
The Inverness Park Market will be closed this weekend.
Water rescue in progress on Tomales Bay near Heart's Desire beach. No word on details.
Via Gavin Newsom: "NEW: All parking facilities at state beaches in Southern CA and the Bay Area will be CLOSED for the upcoming weekend.
#COVID19 does not take 4th of July off. Avoid crowds. Do not gather with people you do not live with.
Wear a mask. Physically distance. Be smart. Do your part."
Report of car accident near Ottingers Hill on SFD. First responders trying to locate exact location.
Reminder: Bolinas Fourth of July is cancelled.
"Hello friends and neighbors,
I am so sorry to have to share the news that Wells Fargo has made the decision to postpone reopening the Point Reyes Station branch. Doors were scheduled to reopen this coming Monday. We found out yesterday at 5pm that this is not possible.
Although the company’s decision affects us all quite personally, it has been applied nationwide because of the rising Covid19 cases locally and across the US. I have to appreciate the efforts made to keep people safe, yet I am frustrated and sad to wait another undetermined amount of time before I get to see you all back at the local bank.
Please, help share this update with other local folks.
I hope you are doing well, all things considered! I encourage you to reach out to me if there is anything at all I can do to help with your banking needs in these times.
The best way to reach me currently is through this email address. I will receive email at this address wherever I am working. If you have any questions today, you can stop by downtown Petaluma at 125 Western Ave or call (707)762-4588.
Warm Regards and virtual hugs,
Follow up on the bad accident on Friday: "An intoxicated driver was injured and his four passengers were hospitalized after a crash Thursday in West Marin, the California Highway Patrol said.
The wreck was reported at 7:36 p.m. on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Lagunitas, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said. Police think the five had just left the Inkwells in Samuel P. Taylor State Park."
FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2020/06/26/lagunitas-five-injured-in-suspected-dui-wreck/
“The Farmers market has returned in Point Reyes and needs local support. Please come out to Toby's every Saturday 9am-1pm to support you local farmers and food producers.”
“SFDB closed 300 yards from Inkwells vehicle accident 4 subjects being extricated. Avoid the area!” Thx BE
Yesterday was a hectic day all around Point Reyes. Lots of people here, and lots of emergency calls happening. Sounded like everyone ended up being ok. Thank you to all the first responders and front line folks.
"CHP H-30 is currently assisting Marin County Fire Department with a water rescue near Shell Beach in Tomales Bay.
Air, Ground and Watercraft all enroute. It’s reported that there is one person in the water with two kayaks possibly on shore....
CHP H-30 just assisted Marin County Fire with a rescue in Point Reyes near the Bear Valley Trail.
CHP H-30 is currently helping Muir Beach Fire and Marin County Fire with another rescue near the coastal Trail in Muir Beach."
And there was a car fire in downtown Point Reyes.
CHP air updates: https://www.facebook.com/CHPGoldenGateAirOps/posts/3298028813593031?hc_location=ufi
Kayakers being rescued near Heart's Desire beach in Inverness. Helicopter on scene.