May 7th kicked off the 2014 season with an emphasis on lessons learned from the tragic loss of 19 firefighters during the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona last year. "Why did they leave the black?..." was the unanswered, thought-provoking question that everyone who took the class walked away with. The "black" refers to an area which has already burned, and can provide a safety zone during a wildfire because its fuel has already been consumed. Flaming front visible from Hwy 89, Yarnell Hill Fire, 2013The National Park Service S.F. Bay Area Network Fire Program consists of a 12-person hand crew, a 5-person engine crew, leadership, and support staff who will be tasked with a series of fuel reduction projects, while also being ready to respond to wildfires. These resources are augmented with other local crews from Marin County Fire Department and Conservation Corps North Bay who complete park projects through cooperative agreements. Park maintenance divisions also play an important role in reducing fire hazards. Preliminary 2014 fuels management project list:
Point Reyes National SeashoreBayview / Limantour Bishop Pine ThinningEstero Prescribed FireHighway One Prescribed FireBolinas Ridge Fuel BreakGolden Gate NRATamalpais Valley Eucalyptus ThinningMarinview Fuel ReductionFort Barry Eucalyptus ThinningCoral Reef Eucalyptus ThinningJohn Muir National Historic SiteMount Wanda Fire Access MowingMount Wanda Perimeter Defensible SpacePinnacles National ParkPark Facilities Defensible SpaceBear Valley Roadside Fuel ReductionFire-related maintenance projectsGolden Gate NRA - Boundary Mowing, Rancho Corral de TierraPoint Reyes National Seashore - Roadside Mowing, Limantour Project details will be announced soon when the 2014 work plan is finalized.