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/marin...
- 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/marin...https://twitter.com/marincount...http://instagram.com/marincoun...
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/s...
Also follow the Marin County Fire twitter feed here:https://twitter.com/marincount...
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)
"ªThe 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:"¬
"ªLivestream on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/marin...
"ªJoin by telephone"¬: (669) 900-6833"¬
"ªAttendee ID: #"¬
"ªMeeting 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."
"ª#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
"ªPower 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/n...
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_we...
"Using only his strength and a surfboard, a Forest Knolls resident helped rescue two kayakers and their nearly sunken craft near the Bolinas coast.
Chris Groutt managed to tow both the waterlogged kayak and the father using one arm while swimming against the tide. The son swam next to them."
Wear life jackets!!!
FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2020/0...
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?
"Sheriff Robert Doyle and District 4 Supervisor Dennis Rodoni will be hosting a virtual Townhall on Thursday August 6th, 2020 at 1:00 PM in regards to the West Marin Patrol staffing changes."
Submit questions here: https://docs.google.com/forms/...
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/plany...
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 CafÃ©, Globe, Fifth Floor, Lascaux, and 25 other restaurants on two coasts"”is closing at the end of August."
FULL POST: https://www.facebook.com/chris...
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."
Wade Holland from the Inverness Water System was on KQED yesterday talking about potential water shortages in Inverness (starts at :41) "The worst we've seen in 40 years...."
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/a...
"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/a...
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)
"ªFire at pierce point in point Reyes."¬
Vegetation fire in the park. No word on size yet.
"ªCaught 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.
"ªReminder: 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/2020/0...
"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/CHPGo...
Kayakers being rescued near Heart's Desire beach in Inverness. Helicopter on scene.
"After a foggy few weeks at the Farallon Islands, 25 miles west of San Francisco, Saturday turned clear. The five biologists who have been living and working on Southeast Farallon Island since March 30 walked the rickety path up to the island's lighthouse, at 330 feet the highest spot in a vast expanse of ocean. A blue whale spouted, seabird biologist Mike Johns says, and then another. "Then suddenly the whole ocean was blows from blue whales," he said by phone from the islands on Tuesday. "Everywhere you looked was a blue whale."
The biologists counted 47 blue whales in an hour, the most they've ever seen and a "possible record," according to a press release from NOAA Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Media and Outreach Specialist Mary Jane Schramm. Johns said there are also humpbacks visiting the islands, and a handful of gray whales."
(Photo of blue whale taken this weekend at North Beach in Point Reyes by WMF)
FULL STORY: https://baynature.org/2020/06/...
From the Coastal Health Alliance: "On Monday, June 22, we are closing the Point Reyes Station medical clinic for two weeks to install new flooring. During this period, in-person visits will occur at our Bolinas site. When the flooring project is completed, services will return to PRS on July 6 and Bolinas will close again until further notice.
WE WILL CONTINUE CONDUCTING A THURSDAY MORNING (10:00-12:00) TESTING CLINIC (VIRAL SWAB) FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN THE BACK-PARKING LOT AT THE POINT REYES CLINIC."
Video footage of the fire in Stinson Beach today.
Video footage of the fire in Stinson Beach this morning. They're asking that people avoid the area if possible. (thx HM)
Hearing reports that the Sand Dollar in Stinson Beach is on fire right now. People reporting smoke. Anyone else have details? (Thx MM)
"Report of tree blocking Sir Francis Drake Blvd. near platform bridge road. MCFD enroute."
Be prepared for cold and wind: "A late season cold front will pass over NorCal today. Temps will be as much as 20 degrees cooler for the inland valleys with highs only in the 70s. Westerly winds will be gusty this afternoon thru out the Bay Area with gusts as high as 45 mph possible in wind prone spots." - Bay Area NWS
Some great history from the Bolinas Museum: "On June 5, Bolinas suffered a raging fire in the two story Waterhouse Building, next to the Bolinas Post Office. It devastated community members' apartments and businesses. This structure was built by the Waterhouse-Pepper family, who also constructed the post office building and St. Aiden's church"”all on their family land. All three structures were built in the 1960s, but the site and the Waterhouse-Pepper family are an important part of Bolinas history, going back to the 1880s. In this photograph, c. 1884, we see newly created Brighton and Terrace Avenues. On the right is the Waterhouse home and dairy buildings, the site of today's post office, Waterhouse Building, and St. Aiden's.
In the early 1880s, Nellie and Frank Waterhouse anchored this area as downtown Bolinas when they purchased part of J.J. Briones's dairy ranch, created Brighton, Terrace, and Park Avenues, subdivided the land, and offered lots for sale as the Granda Vista subdivision. Nellie, who contributed much to the community, supervised building her family house, as well as the development of homes of local residents. The couple's only child, Marin Waterhouse, married Lewis Pepper, whose family's homestead is now Gospel Flat Farm. Marin and Lewis had nine children who played important roles in the town. The Peppers were builders who constructed many of the now historic homes on Brighton Avenue, and carried that tradition into the 1960s, when they constructed the much needed new buildings to serve the Bolinas community. Over the years, the Waterhouse Building has housed many businesses, including the town hardware store and laundromat. In recent decades, it has housed Seashore Realty, run by Louise Pepper and Flower Fraser, where Louise and Frank Pepper's daughter, Connie Pepper Lewis, works with Flower today.
Firefighters prevented the adjacent buildings from catching fire, but the roaring fire and water damage in the Waterhouse Building destroyed people's homes and places of business, along with important resources for the community. Such a terrible fire underscores the vulnerability of our town's historic architecture and our individual responsibility for fire prevention.
Image caption: Waterhouse's Grande Vista subdivision and Brighton Avenue, c. 1886, Gelatin silver print, Bolinas Museum History Archives, Gift of George Longley, 1982.5.7"
This started earlier this morning, not sure what the current status is: "Marin County Fire working to contain a small fire in a 20x20 section logs at the West Marin Compost facility. No threat to public. No evacuations in place. Traffic may be slowed on Nicasio Valley Road."
There is a petition with over 2,700 signatures to rename Sir Francis Drake Blvd. "To have the main road that travels through Marin County be named after a known slave trader glorifies and honors his work. Honoring a slave trader is incredibly offensive and isn't inclusive to Marin's community at large. Marin County is making a bold statement to the world that the morals and values that was upheld by Sir Francis Drake is honored by naming a major thoroughfare after him. "
Another person who was affected by the fire in Bolinas. "This is an emergency fund to help one of the residents, Keith Huntley, who lost everything in the fire at 22 Brighton Ave on June 5th. He is currently without a home and has only the clothes and toiletries that were generously donated by a community member, so we're looking to raise enough to help him secure housing, clothes, medicine, and ultimately everything else needed to make a life over from scratch (from spoons to a bed to a radio to a jacket)."https://www.gofundme.com/f/wat...
"As some of you may already know, Marc Greco lost his salon in the recent fire that struck the Waterhouse building, downtown Bolinas. There's never a good time for something like this, but in his case it's particularly unfortunate, considering he just closed down his operation in San Francisco. This left the Bolinas salon as his only source of income and also housed all of the equipment and art that was just moved in from SF."https://www.gofundme.com/f/mar...
"Whether we realize it or not we are all affected by this unprecedented time-a confluence of political, racial and medical crises. Stress is high and conflicts are bound to arise.
Our well trained and experienced mediators at West Marin Community Mediation have been serving our community for many years, conducting confidential and professional mediations in English and Spanish at no charge to participants- disputes between landlords and tenants, employees and employers, inter-organizational conflicts, conflicts between family members and other situations. Our mediations are free of charge and have been highly successful.
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"To our 2 Mile Friends and Family:
Tragedy has stricken our beloved shop. On Friday night, a fire broke out in our building in full destructive fashion. It got to our boards, it got to our suits, it got to our souls and it got to just about everything else.
We're mourning the loss. We know this is unhappy news in a very uncertain and difficult time for everyone. We're beyond bummed that we've had to have our doors shut for the past months and haven't seen many of you in far too long. Our hopes for summer have unfortunately been dashed, but our love persists.
2 Mile is dead. The ocean lives. The sun rises on another day and sets for the shop. Luckily, no one was hurt in the flaming madness. We're very grateful to our friends at the Bolinas Fire Department who stuck it out for the fire's duration and did everything that they could to save life and material items.
Our team is grieving the loss of summer with you all that was fated to last only four brief days. We shall surf on, and we hope that you will as well. Though this is the end of an epic era, keep the memory of 2 Mile alive in your hearts. We will remember the stoke we made happen in our lifetime, and all of the people who have grown with us over the years. Our hearts go out to all of you and we miss you already. We hope to see you every once in a while out there in the ocean blue.
There are a lot of important things going on in the country and the world right now. Though we're no longer a shining light in the darkness, we can't stop hoping for a better future for surfers and land dwellers alike. There are many important places to donate your money and time right now, but if you happen to still have some petty cash after helping others in need, we do have a gofundme set up and anything is appreciated: https://www.gofundme.com/f/2mi...
We will survive as surfers and time marches on. We first hope that you support the great societal causes if you have the means, but think of us afterwards. We have lots of love for all and see many elbow bumps, and eventually some high fives and hugs, in our futures as we cross paths in the Pacific. You are all our crystal warriors carrying on our perpetual stoke.
Goodbye to all,
2 Mile Surf Shop
"Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light." -- Dylan Thomas"
Via Todd Plummer "Went downtown for a hardware run and a parade broke out. There was one car for the grand marshall driven by Madeline Nieto Hope and these guys. Today would have been the traditional, wild Western Weekend parade celebrating our ranching community and far west history."
A crowd of 350 marched from Inverness Park to Point Reyes Station in solidarity with Black Lives Matter today. #BlackLivesMattters
Water rescue on Tomales Bay happening.
Photo of the fire in downtown Bolinas above the 2 Mile Surf Shop. (Photo credit Sergio Lennon)
"ªStructure fire in Bolinas where 2 mile surf shop and post office are."¬ Not sure how serious. Lots on fire engines on scene.
It's heartening to see multiple Black Lives Matter solidarity actions happening in our community this week and planned for this weekend. Let's keep it up!
Here are 2 chances to show up on Sunday, June 7th:
1pm Inverness Park to PRS
Meet at IP Market and march to PRS
Meet at the St. Columba's parking lot and walk to the Shipwreck
**Bring your masks, signs, and friends/family of all ages.
**All are welcome and we will be social distancing at 6FT for safety.
**If you plan to march, bring water and wear walking shoes.
Not sure about participating?
Many of us have the same reservations about taking physical action. These 4 points from SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) may help you see another perspective, or help you convince someone else to ultimately join-in. And if protesting is not for you, give as generously as possible to m4bl.org, which supports multiple leading Movement For Black Lives organizations on the front lines.
Inoculating Ourselves Against Inaction
If you are white, you may be asking, "Who are we as white folks to take action?" In fact, POC have been asking us to focus on getting our people for over 50 years-out of SNCC, Black Liberation Movement and they are asking now: "what are the white folks doing while we die?" Our part is to engage and move more white folks to break white silence and be visible. As white people, our liberation from economic, gender, and disability oppression is at stake here as well.
It's dangerous right now because of covid. Why go out to protest and potentially get more people sick? There are ways to protest visibly and safely. We will take every precaution on Sunday, our numbers are small and we are fortunate to have space to spread out. In some SURJ cities people are doing car caravans, bike caravans, socially distanced vigils, protests, phone zaps and more. In Louisville this past Friday, folks stood six feet apart on the mayor's office steps to protest the brutal murder of Breonna Taylor by police there. They wore masks, and stayed apart. In the rural west, caravans are one big way folks are showing up and demonstrating. People in Oregon are going to the Tyson plant in Wallula that is hiding a COVID outbreak despite multiple workers dying, and there are protests demanding the Oregon State Prison release everyone.
We need time to organize something good, and this weekend is way too soon. This is NOT about the perfect event. This is NOT about hours of planning meetings. This is about finding the thing you and your friends are going to do next week, and inviting others to join you. Make your sign, let others know where to meet you. Do it. Show Up. End white silence.
I do not want to be part of something where people are angry and some are destroying property. That is not for me. The system of profit for the few honors property above all else. Ours will be a peaceful action. We are not encouraging destruction of property, AND we believe the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubery, Tony McDade, and countless others who have died at hands of police or white supremacists are more important than property. Their lives are more important than the fear of the anger that might keep us home. You can leave any situation if you do not feel right being there. But be there.
Are you IN? What To Do Now:
Personally invite your friends. The intent with this action is to call in all in our circles to commit to dismantling systemic racism and white supremacy in defense of Black lives"”even those you think may not be interested. Just by making them aware of your own interest, you are taking action."
There have been a number of people reaching out to the West Marin Feed about a march happening this Sunday starting in Inverness Park and ending in Point Reyes. Does anyone have any other information about this?
"Thanks to our partners at Marin County, we are also pleased to announce that we will be reopening access to parking areas at Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, and Muir Beach Overlook tomorrow, Friday, June 5."
MORE INFO: https://www.onetam.org/Marin_C...
I can't just sit here. Please join me and my daughter to protest race-based violence.
WHERE: In front of the bank, Point Reyes Station
WHEN: Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 4:30pmish to 6pmish
WHAT: A protest against race-based violence after the killing of George Floyd and countless others
WHO: Anyone. Kids too. Elders too. Bring your signs and your mask, plan to stay 6 feet away from each other, to make it comfortable for all of our community to join. "
More info: https://www.facebook.com/event...
Point Reyes Station this morning. (Thx DW)
The artist and visionary Christo died yesterday. "For the 1976 installation of Running Fence, a 25-mile gate of white nylon that ran through private land in Valley Ford, California, the couple had to persuade skeptical ranchers to let the artists temporarily co-opt their land for a project that was difficult to explain. After one complained to Jeanne-Claude that the work had no purpose, she replied that the purpose was simply beauty itself, and pointed to the flowers he'd planted in his front stoop instead of more useful vegetables."
A statement from Sheriff Doyle: "Marin Community,
The Marin County Sheriff's Office would like to join the many others around this country in expressing our sorrow and anger at the actions that led to the death of George Floyd.
We have all seen the video. The actions of the Minneapolis Police Officers in regards to Mr. Floyd's death do not require additional context or more video. There is no reasonable explanation for what we saw.
Law Enforcement Officers spend countless hours training on how, when necessary, to detain an individual utilizing proper techniques. What we saw in the video is what we train against.
The greatest tool in a law enforcement officer's toolbox is trust. It takes time to build trust with the community and, when incidents like this happen, only minutes to tear it down.
I know what we witnessed in Minneapolis does not represent the dedication to duty shown by law enforcement officers throughout this nation. Unfortunately, that truth becomes more difficult for some to accept as we see a repeat of behavior unbecoming of our profession.
As your Sheriff, I want to say to those in our community feeling hurt by the death of Mr. Floyd that we feel it too. And, that we are dedicated to ensuring fairness in our on-going work to keep this community safe.
Sheriff Robert T. Doyle"
Via Sheryl Cahill, owner The Station House Cafe: "It's true! We have a reprieve! The West Marin Community (and friends from around the globe) spoke up and your voices have been heard. Station House Cafe landlords have come through with an extremely generous offer that will allow Station House Cafe to remain open - with whatever Covid-19 restrictions apply - through the end of summer. We appreciate the efforts of all involved. Stay tuned!"
Via Point Reyes Light: "Her announcement on Facebook, which left out that her rent would be reduced through the summer before the increase, sparked an outpouring of anger toward the landlords, the family of longtime owner Pat Healy. John Hural, Ms. Healy's stepson, said they offered the short-term and low-cost lease in the interest of repairing that damage and supporting employees. They are working with a broker to find new tenants to operate a restaurant after the Station House moves out."
KWMR interviewed Sheryl Cahill about this story. Here's the archive (skip to 30 min mark): https://kwmr.org/broadcasts/26...
Point Reyes Light story:https://www.ptreyeslight.com/a...
New orders from the County of Marin: "Starting June 1, those seeking recreation and exercise at Marin County's local parks, beaches, or open space preserves will be able to drive and park there. While certain aspects of the parks closure order have been loosened, Marin's facial coverings order is still in effect, and residents should remain vigilant in limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Willis also issued an new public health order continuing restrictions on the use of short-term lodging facilities. Such facilities are vacation rentals, short-term rentals, timeshares, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and other lodging facilities rented for 30 days or less."
Short Term Rental Order:https://coronavirus.marinhhs.o...
Some sort of water rescue happening on Tomales Bay right now. Perhaps stranded kayakers. Anyone else following on scanner?
Marin County District 4 Supervisor, Dennis Rodoni was on KWMR yesterday talking about the next steps in terms of public health orders. He did not confirm that on Monday, June 1 the beaches would open, but strongly suggested that was a possibility. I put together a rough transcript, but I suggest you listen to it to get show to get the actual statement:
"We are moving to relaxing the outdoor activities. Including the coastal beaches and parks will most likely be opening June 1 unless we have a change in the data.
The approach is to try and open up all the coastal beaches and parks at once. So that we can hopefully distribute the amount of visitors. If we can open up all the facilities in Marin through Sonoma and Mendocino is already open. We can spread the visitation around to the area and not be too impactful for any one community.
"¨The villages are still uncomfortable with a lot of people coming into their communities. But the real nuts and bolts of it is, they're not seeing enough data related to outdoor activities that would warrant them restricting anymore visitation. More people are being infected in enclosed spaces than outdoors." (thx ABF)