Red Flag Warning In Effect for Marin County Warning to remain in place until Thursday afternoon.
Marin County, CA -- 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 11 PM this evening to 5 PM Thursday, September 20.
This supersedes the Fire Weather Watch that was previously in effect.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of strong offshore winds with gusts to 35 miles per hour and low relative humidity ranging from 25-35 percent.
The affected area includes higher terrain areas of Marin, Napa, Sonoma counties.
The concerns of this weather system are that fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. The following land use restrictions are in effect for the Marin Municipal Water District, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin Open Space, and The Point Reyes National Seashore during the Red Flag conditions.
• Closures at Sky Oaks, Natalie Coffin Green Park (Ross), and Leo Cronin Parking Lot • Closure to Mount Vision Rd (National Park Service) • All open burning and burn permits are suspended on public lands • All watershed land use permits are canceled • Closures to Mount Tamalpais State Park - Roads north of Panoramic Highway are closed to motor vehicle traffic on Pantoll Road and Ridgecrest Boulevard. All park use permits north of Panoramic Highway are suspended, including filming
Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire including the use of equipment and machinery as well as smoking in open spaces.
The Mount Tamalpais State Park information number is 415-388-2070. The Marin Municipal Water District information number is 415-945-1195. The Marin County Fire Information Hotline number is 415-473-7191.
Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.
To register for emergency alerts, visit: www.alertmarin.org
To learn more about preparing for wildfire please visit: www.firesafemarin.org
"Debbie Viess, who, with her husband, David Rust, were astonished last week when they found fresh bear scat at Tomales Bay State Park. “We were hiking along Pierce Point Road when my husband and I found this rather fresh pile of bear scat,” Viess said. Judging by the photo — you can roughly determine the size and age of the bear by the diameter of the pellets, referenced by a pine cone in the photo — the best projection is that it was from a young bear, probably about 200 pounds." FULL STORY: https://www.sfchronicle.com/sp
So someone just found a syringe with a needle in it in the bank parking lot today. How does one dispose of this? Seems very dangerous with all the kids that play there. Also, have people seen this before?
"The biggest volunteer event of the year is tomorrow! Thank you for joining your neighbors at any of 1,000+ locations throughout California for #CoastalCleanupDay 9am-noon. It's not too late to make plans to help out! Visit http://coastalcleanupday.org"
From Hog Island: To celebrate Hog Island Oyster Co.'s 35th Anniversary we launched these Ocean Film Nights on the Farm, in partnership with San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.
Our last Film Night is Saturday, September 22. 5:30 - 8:00 PM - featuring Blue Serengeti with guest speaker David McGuire. Tickets are $55 each which includes entrance to the film and reception with oysters, beer, wine and light 'snacks from the sea'. This is a fundraiser, with 100% of ticket sales donated to sharkstewards.org
About Blue Serengeti Blue Serengeti (USA), Robert Nixon, 2017 IOFF OCEAN SCIENCE AWARD. Vaster than the Great Serengeti Parks of Africa, the Pacific Ocean is brimming with its own predators who swim across the ocean to feed on the abundant prey in the waters of theCalifornia National Marine Sanctuaries. Renowned Stanford University marine biologist, Dr.Barbara Block, uses cutting edge camera tags to track the movements of marine creatures, giving us a rare, first-hand perspective on the life of a great white shark. TRAILER: https://vimeopro.com/user21783
“Investigators said the vegetation fire near the east border of Samuel P. Taylor State Park northeast of Lagunitas was caused by a downed power line at the base of the south side of Mount Barnabe around the Ridge Trail. It was reported around 7 p.m. Monday.” FULL STORY: http://amp.ktvu.com/news/fire-
What resources did you use during the Irving Fire and were they helpful? What could be improved? Please leave your answers in the comments. Some examples: - Nixle - Alert Marin - Fire Public Information Hotline - Twitter accounts (like Marin County Fire) - Facebook pages (like CHP Marin) - Friends Facebook posts - Listened to scanner on Broadcastify - Listened to KWMR - The West Marin Feed Facebook page - The West Marin Feed web page - Anything else?
Thanks to all the incredible hard work by local and state fire agencies, it appears the Irving Vegetation Fire is under control with minimal damage. From Marin County Fire: “Update: all evacuation orders are now lifted! All roads have been reopened, though some homes will be without power until noon tomorrow, including the 200 & 300 blocks of Arroyo and the 100 block of Portola. Please contact @PGE4Me for additional outage info.”
A number of people have mentioned hearing this in the comments, “Heard 8 gunshots early this am in Inverness, around 4. Second valley. Very disconcerting. Anyone else hear them? or know anything about it?”
Via Marin Country Fire, "#IrvingFire Update: Sir Francis Drake has reopened between Nicasio Valley Rd and Platform Bridge Rd. Arroyo Road remains closed. Evacuation orders are still in place for Mountain King Road, Portola Ave and Alamo Way. Please stay out of evacuation area until orders are lifted."
Via Marin County Fire: "Fire suppression getting easier now that air support is available. Thanks to @CAL_FIRE @SantaRosaFire Tomales Volunteer Fire, Sonoma Valley Fire and @CHPMarin for their assistance today. #IrvingFire #WestMarin #MarinCounty"
Via Marin County Fire, “#IrvingFire Update: Lagunitas School is closed for the day, per school superintendent. School campus is unharmed, but many staff and students are evacuated and are unable report to work.”
If you haven’t already signed up for Alert Marin, NOW IS THE TIME! We use Alert Marin to send emergency alerts (like evacuation orders) to you via text, email, or cell phone. Sign up multiple numbers in your household. Get started at AlertMarin.org. #IrvingFire
Via Marin County Fire: “#IrvingFire Update: Lagunitas School will be open for school with no restrictions. Current road closures: All of Arroyo Road; Sir Francis Drake between Nicasio Valley and Platform Bridge Road. #WestMarin #MarinCounty”
From Marin County Fire: “#IrvingFire Update: Fire estimated at 100 acres, 10 percent contained. Approx 150 structures are threatened, but none damaged so far. No new evacuation orders underway, though the upper part of Forest Knolls and Lagunitas are under a warning.” No word if SFD is open yet.
"They have also closed Sir Francis Drake just before E. Cintura. We went to try to get our cats out, and they wouldn't let us up. If anyone sees two kitties (one Calico and one with tiger stripes) near 30 La Vuelta, they belong to the Averbacks. Please DM if you think you have them." - Karintha Touton Averback
Last update until the morning. I'll be up at 6am. Thank you to all the firefighters working through the night to keep us safe. "Road Closures due #IrvingFire on Mt. Barnabe: All of Arroyo Road and Sir Francis Drake between Nicasio Valley and Platform Bridge Road. Please avoid the area. #WestMarin"
Via Marin County Fire, "An evacuation order is in place for Mountain King Rd, Portola Ave and Alamo down to Barranca. Residents in that area should evacuate immediately to the Lagunitas School and wait for further information. Alamo Rd. will be closed until further notice." LINK: https://twitter.com/marincount
More reports: "Fire is 5-7 acres (8:47pm), slow rate of spread. Potential updated to 30-50 acres." People in Inverness Park can see the flames from their house. Someone on SFD coming through Fairfax could see flames in the hills in certain spots. Apparently it has taken down some power lines and is moving down into higher fuel areas. But it is moving slow and they think they can get ahead of it. PG&E is starting to disconnect power lines.
Via Marin County Fire, "Residents are encouraged to monitor local news media outlets and follow any further instructions if given by Marin County Fire or Marin County Sheriff. Smoke may be strong in the San Geronimo and Fairfax communities. The Fire Public Information Hotline 415-473-7191." Also turn on Nixle on your cell: text zip code to 888777 and receive real-time alerts Lagunitas 94938 Forest Knolls 94933
Current reports. KWMR says “Fire now reported 1 to 2 acres with potential for 40 to 60 acres” another report says “Fire safe Marin reports Fire is now (7:58pm) 3/4-1 acres, slow rate of spread. Very difficult location to access.” Thx SD
This was the helicopter that flew over Inverness last night. I think he’s still missing. “Search and rescue efforts were underway near Bodega Bay Friday night after a man on a commercial fishing boat fell overboard, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Athena Stricker said. A crew member aboard the white 40-foot salmon trawler reported the incident to the agency at 7:48 p.m. using a high-frequency radio.
The commercial boat was about two nautical miles from Bodega Bay, south of Doran Beach, at the time of the incident. The missing man, who was not identified, was fishing without a life vest on when he fell into the ocean, Stricker said.”
Saturday night dance party at The Dance Palace. "Boot scoot on down and kick up your heels. Bring your family and boogie to the swinging sounds of Buck Nickels and Loose Change. Delicious BBQ by Black Start Pig Co. food truck and drink available for purchase starting at 5 PM. Music and dancing from 6 - 9 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults / under 18 are free. Call (415) 663-1075 or go to dancepalace.org to purchase tickets or for more information. Sponsored by the Dance Palace, Cabaline Country Emporium & Saddlery, Five Brooks Ranch, Side Street Kitchen and KWMR Community Radio."
Jared Huffman, a Marin Democrat, introduced surprising legislation with Rob Bishop, an staunch anti-environment Republican from Utah. Does anyone know why? Even the ranchers seemed to be taken off guard.
"A bill that would preserve the working ranches of the Point Reyes National Seashore by amending the park’s enabling legislation has moved to the floor of the United States House of Representatives.
On Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources decided unanimously to press forward with H.R. 6687, introduced by Representative Jared Huffman and co-sponsored by a Utah Republican, which directs the Interior Department to maintain the ranches in the seashore and the northern reaches of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
“I’ve been clear on this for a long time—this is what Congress intended,” Rep. Huffman told the Light.
The Natural Resources Committee made fast work of the bill after it was introduced last week. In a rare partnership, Rep. Huffman co-sponsored the bill with Representative Robert Bishop of Utah, the committee chair."
"A woman suffered moderate injuries this morning when she fell about 40 feet from a Mount Tamalpais trail into a creek in Marin County. The woman and some friends were hiking at about 10:40 a.m. today on the Cataract Trail near Cataract Falls, about 2.5 miles north of Stinson Beach and four miles northwest of Muir Woods National Monument, when she fell off the trail and down into the creek. She was located by a CHP air crew in a helicopter, and by Marin County firefighters. A paramedic was lowered down to the woman in the creek using a helicopter. The woman and the paramedic were then hoisted out of the ravine and flown to a waiting Marin County ambulance, said CHP Flight Officer-Paramedic Shaun Bouyea." VIDEO: https://www.sfgate.com/news/ba
"Hi there, this sweet little kitty showed up at my friends house two days ago (on the corner of highway 1 and sir Francis Drake) would you mind posting her picture to see if anyone’s missing her? She doesn’t act like a house cat but they just want to make sure no ones missing her. Thanks!"
"Rep. Jared Huffman has introduced a bill that would bolster the continuance of dairy and beef cattle operations within the Point Reyes National Seashore. “This bill provides a measure of support for the continuation of sustainable ranches and dairies as part of the fabric of our spectacular Point Reyes National Seashore, without compromising any environmental standards and consistent with the current General Management Plan update process,” Huffman wrote in a statement last week." FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2018/0
For the commuters, “REMINDER: If you ride the 7:50AM Larkspur-SF trip or the 5PM & 6:30PM SF-Larkspur trips, plan to arrive to the terminal early. We're running the smaller Del Norte on these trips for about the next 2 months & the trips may fill up. #Marin #SF goldengate.org or 511”
From the Marin County Sheriff, "It’s a mic drop 🎤 Lt. Doug Pittman has retired. The twitter 🌎 will remember him as our PIO and the leader of connecting us to our communities through social media. We thank Doug for his 33 years of service and wish him a happy and healthy retirement." Thank you Doug Pittman for your service to our community.
West Marin is full of beautiful surprises—and one of the richest is the upcoming production of Shakespeare’s proto-feminist comedy Taming of the Shrew, a play known for its inexplicable about-face toward the end when the fierce and independent female lead, Katherina, suddenly decides to go along with the assigned role of submissive wife.
Hosted by Inverness’ St. Columba Episcopal Church in its restored 1920s amphitheater, Sharon Drake and friends present the Shrew, led by real-life married couple Katie Jay and Stephen Horvat.
‘Taming of the Shrew’ runs Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25–26, and Saturday–Monday, Sept. 1–3, at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness. All shows, 4pm. $25.
Northern California Fires Affecting Marin Air Quality: Health Tips for Marin Residents from the Marin County Sheriff's Office:
Smoke from fires in Mendocino County and further north is affecting our air quality and has created a potential health hazard in Marin County.
For the General Public: Please be aware that with active wildfires and shifting winds air quality can change in a short period of time. Smoke from wildfires can affect health. The most common symptoms are eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Follow these precautions to protect your health. Those with health problems, especially heart or respiratory conditions, should take extra caution:
- Minimize outdoor activities - Stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible - Do not run fans that bring smoky outdoor air inside Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors - Consider leaving the area until smoke conditions improve if you experience symptoms related to smoke exposure
For Outdoor Workers: - Limit exertion - Take frequent breaks - If prolonged outdoor activity is unavoidable, proper masks (for example N95 masks) properly fitted may protect against harmful exposure - Consult with your employer if you have specific concerns
For Schools: - When air quality is Unhealthy, activities such as athletic events or practices should be cancelled or rescheduled. Unhealthy is defined as an Air Quality Index (AQI) above 150. See below for local AQI information. - Outdoor activities should be limited - Windows and doors should be kept shut as much as possible - Students with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep their quick-relief medicine close at hand
When to Seek Medical Attention: - Contact your health care provider if you experience the following symptoms that do not improve after moving indoors or into a safe air quality environment: - Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing - Wheezing - Chest tightness or pain - Palpitations - Nausea or unusual fatigue - Lightheadedness and/or feeling faint
As always, if you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Via Kathy Runion. Listen to the audio, I've never heard anything quite like it. Not for the faint of heart. "I had a pack of coyotes real real close in the woods that surround the Planned Feralhood cat enclosure, 1am Saturday night/Sunday morning. I managed to record their vocals, and it does sound like they got an animal. I pray that all pet owners are keeping their animals in at night. I have even had a coyote approach our fencing in the middle of the day in the past. Went out with a flashlight and could hear some rustling in the woods and a very short subdued vocal. This is the fourth time in two weeks I have been startled awake by coyotes in the woods that surround the Planned Feralhood cat enclosure. Inverness Park Portola neighborhood. Keep your animals safe in an enclosure, inside, or closely monitor. Could be that they have a den close by."
A middle aged man had a heart attack while surfing in Bolinas today and was found floating face down in the water. Other surfers brought him to shore where they administered CPR and he was helicoptered out to a hospital. No word on his condition. We hope everything is ok.
From Point Reyes NPS: “Sometimes its not just people that need rescue. Park Rangers & Firefighters from @marincountyfire & Inverness Fire Department responded to a fallen horse that was unable to stand. With great teamwork, the horse was safely moved down the trail to an area where it could stand up.”
A local just contacted me and said a huge peloton just powered through Inverness, up to 75 riders, fully blocking a lane going high speed. This person was stressed and called the sheriff. Anyone else see them?
The Point Reyes Lighthouse is closed for restoration & construction until Oct 5. No public access beyond the parking lot. It will be getting a $5 million face-lift that has been two decades in the planning. Full Story: https://www.sfchronicle.com/ba
Reminder, the Inverness Fair is tomorrow in Inverness by the fire station. Books, crafts, raffles and more all to support local non-profits. Always a good time. Pancake breakfast starts at 8am, fair is from 10am - 3pm.
Marin County Fire tweeted: “Good news: the #BridgeFire is 100% contained! Cause of fire is still unknown. We expect the investigation to take some time. In the meantime, please help us prevent future fires by incorporating fire safe practices in your community. Visit FireSafeMarin.org for details.”
Via Marin County Sheriff as of 7:50pm: “The following road closures will remain in effect until further notice while fire crews remain on scene: Point Reyes-Petaluma Road is closed at Shoreline Highway and at Platform Bridge Road. Residents and visitors are requested to stay away from the area and use alternate route to access Point Reyes Station and Olema.”
Black Mountain in Point Reyes post fire. Thank you to all the local and county emergency crews who did an amazing job responding to and containing what could have a very nasty fire. Marin County Fire Department CAL FIRE Marin County Sheriff's Office
“Currently, no structures are threatened by the #BridgeFire and no evacuation orders are in place. Point Reyes-Petaluma Road is closed at Platform Bridge Road and also at Shoreline Highway. Please avoid the area and keep roadways clear for firefighting personnel. At #BridgeFire, our Deputy Chief Mark Brown is calling it 10 percent contained and 35 acres. Five fixed-wing aircraft are refilling retardant at Santa Rosa airport.” - Marin County Fire
“The fire at Black Mountain in Nicasio is up to 25 acres and more engines are on the way. “It’s moving at a moderate to rapid rate of speed and has the potential of 30 to 40 acres." -- #MarinCounty Fire Deputy Chief Mark Brown, on the fire near Nicasio.” A fire helicopter couldn’t come from SF due to fog. Bulldozers are being scrambled to build breaks. Flames started at the road and have shot up to the top of the mountain.
Via KWMR, “Vegetation fire reported on Point Reyes Petaluma Road in the vicinity of Platform Bridge Road. Fire personnel are responding. Traffic control will be in effect. KWMR updating every 15 minutes.”
Via KWMR “Much of West Marin lost power early this morning (8/8) due to a tree that fell on power lines and a blown transformer. PG&E cut power remotely to the area to avoid further issues. Highway 1 was closed for a short time while Fire Crews cleared the tree. PG&E is still repairing the outage in Olema. Highway 1 is open. Live programming will resume on KWMR at 8am.”