Get WMF in your inbox:
The WMF Facebook Feed
The West Marin Feed gained traction as a Facebook page and many of the local followers still find it there. Times have changed and Twitter has taken over as a better news medium, but WMF still posts on Facebook at least two or three times a week.

The best part about Facebook (if there is one) is that there is a lot of really good information that people are able to add to stories in the comments. Unfortunately, you have to go to the Facebook post itself to see these comments, they cannot be imported onto this feed.
 Saturday, August 22 ,2020 at 5:02pm
The super scoopers are back in Point Reyes today fighting the #woodwardfire. 🏆🙏
 Saturday, August 22 ,2020 at 1:43pm
"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."
 Saturday, August 22 ,2020 at 1:43pm
"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/marin...

"¢ 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 townhall@marincounty.org. Questions will be taken until 12:00PM on Saturday August 22nd, 2020."
 Saturday, August 22 ,2020 at 10:53am
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...

- 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.
 Saturday, August 22 ,2020 at 10:53am
"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."

(Thx MT)
 Saturday, August 22 ,2020 at 8:27am
An incredible helicopter rescue last night in the #woodwardfire. So many people putting their lives on the line to keep us safe. Thank you.

https://www.facebook.com/watch...
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 11:13pm
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! 🏴"â˜ ï¸ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ðŸ˜Ž. 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/aerof...

My apologies. Thank you Jason and your fellow crew!

Photo by DM.
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 10:01pm
This helicopter shot taken yesterday of the #woodwardfire shows the scale of the fire. This clip has some footage of the air drop (Thx SP):

https://www.facebook.com/54849...
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 9:06pm
Marin County Fire just released a new map visualization that is very helpful to visualize the fire footprint:

https://marincounty.maps.arcgi...

Another map is here:

https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/#/%3F...

From Paul Doherty: "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."
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 8:35pm
#woodwardfire at 7:20pm from Olema Hill on Friday, 8/20/20.
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 5:50pm
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.

Thank you.
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 3:56pm
#woodwardfire water scoopers on Tomales Bay. They waved as they flew over us.
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 3:28pm
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.
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 2:00pm
Air support just dropped a load of retardant on the north side of the #woodwardfire at 1:56pm on Friday, 8/21/20.
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 1:14pm
"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."
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 11:58am
"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".

LINK: http://nixle.us/C5HSL
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 11:58am
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."

LINK: http://nixle.us/C5HSL
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 10:28am
#woodwardfire from Olema Hill at 10:14am on 8/21/20.
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 9:12am
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.

LINK: https://twitter.com/MatthewRPe...
 Friday, August 21 ,2020 at 8:56am
Here is the morning update from Marin County Fire.

Here is a weather forecast from Weather West run by Daniel Swain worth reading:
https://twitter.com/Weather_We...

Cooler today. Hotter going into the weekend. A possibility of another lightning event on Sun/Mon.
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 10:48pm
In case there was any confusion, the county evacuation center in Point Reyes Station at West Marin School is closed tonight (Thursday).
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 10:21pm
Here is the latest #woodwardfire map from: https://firms2.modaps.eosdis.n...
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 9:53pm
View of #woodwardfire on Thursday night (8/20/20).
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 7:30pm
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."

LINK: https://www.marincounty.org/ma...
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 5:10pm
Wind has picked up and smoke is billowing at #woodwardfire. Five planes circling with giant 747s dropping retardant.
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 1:30pm
#woodwardfire as seen from the youth hostel around noon on Thursday, 8/20/20. (Thx HM)
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 1:00pm
Via Marin County Fire: "The cause of the Woodward Fire has been determined to be lightning."
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 10:13am
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.
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 8:09am
"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,

Donna Faure
Executive Director PRNSA )Point Reyes National Seashore Association)"
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 8:08am
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
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 6:06am
Satellite map of #woodwardfire and other fires available at: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.na...
 Thursday, August 20 ,2020 at 6:06am
Aerial view of #woodwardfire from Wednesday afternoon by Stuart Palley. https://twitter.com/stuartpall...
 Wednesday, August 19 ,2020 at 10:58pm
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)
 Wednesday, August 19 ,2020 at 10:29pm
"ªThe view of #woodwardfire at 10:14pm on 8/1920 from Olema Hill. Wind is calm, fire is smoldering just over the ridge,"¬
 Wednesday, August 19 ,2020 at 3:23pm
A good video of the current state of the fire from above. Click through to see it on Twitter if it doesn't play.

https://twitter.com/marincount...
 Wednesday, August 19 ,2020 at 2:22pm
Shot of #woodwardfire from Limantour Beach at 1:10pm on 8/19/20. (Thx HM)
 Wednesday, August 19 ,2020 at 12:52pm
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?
 Wednesday, August 19 ,2020 at 11:38am
"Due to the regional fires, Coastal Health Alliance will not be performing COVID-19 testing on Thursday, August 20th at the Point Reyes Clinic."
 Wednesday, August 19 ,2020 at 11:25am
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)
 Wednesday, August 19 ,2020 at 9:36am
Updated link for the Press Conference: https://www.facebook.com/marin...
 Wednesday, August 19 ,2020 at 9:05am
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"¬
"ªPassword: 925738"¬
 Wednesday, August 19 ,2020 at 9:05am
#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.
 Wednesday, August 19 ,2020 at 7:37am
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."
 Tuesday, August 18 ,2020 at 11:26pm
"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."¬
 Tuesday, August 18 ,2020 at 10:07pm
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."
 Tuesday, August 18 ,2020 at 8:30pm
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.
 Tuesday, August 18 ,2020 at 7:33pm
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
 Tuesday, August 18 ,2020 at 5:11pm
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."
 Tuesday, August 18 ,2020 at 2:22pm
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.
 Tuesday, August 18 ,2020 at 2:22pm
The big stump which used to be the big tree in downtown Point Reyes Station is now officially gone. (thx PD)
 Tuesday, August 18 ,2020 at 7:54am
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)"
 Monday, August 17 ,2020 at 3:35pm
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."
 Monday, August 17 ,2020 at 2:25pm
Smoke drifting up towards Olema from a vegetation fire down by Limantour Beach. No word on status or size yet
 Monday, August 17 ,2020 at 12:50pm
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.
LAST UPDATED:
AUG 17, 12:22 PM
 Monday, August 17 ,2020 at 10:20am
"ªPower out in Point Reyes Station and Inverness."¬ Anyone know what happened?
 Monday, August 17 ,2020 at 8:10am
Dramatic bolt of lightning over Tomales Bay this morning. Photo by Chris Galvin.
 Sunday, August 16 ,2020 at 10:35pm
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."
 Sunday, August 16 ,2020 at 7:13pm
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."
 Sunday, August 16 ,2020 at 4:56pm
Vegetation fire above Olema. Anyone have details?
 Sunday, August 16 ,2020 at 4:56pm
"#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"
 Sunday, August 16 ,2020 at 12:57pm
Intense skies over Point Reyes this morning.
 Sunday, August 16 ,2020 at 9:10am
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)"
 Sunday, August 16 ,2020 at 8:23am
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."
 Sunday, August 16 ,2020 at 8:23am
At 8:00am on Sunday: "The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Marin County."
 Sunday, August 16 ,2020 at 4:46am
"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."
 Sunday, August 16 ,2020 at 4:20am
Intense lightning over Inverness this morning.
 Saturday, August 15 ,2020 at 9:15pm
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.
 Saturday, August 15 ,2020 at 7:36pm
It was a hot and crowded day in Inverness, and the evening chill is here.
 Friday, August 14 ,2020 at 8:49pm
"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...
 Friday, August 14 ,2020 at 7:48pm
Outside structure fire up around Callendar Way in Inverness. Contained now.
 Friday, August 14 ,2020 at 4:25pm
There is a medical emergency up on the Bolinas Ridge. (Thx WS)
 Thursday, August 13 ,2020 at 9:46pm
"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...