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TODAY! Red Flag Warning Issued for Marin County thru Sunday Afternoon

November 10-11, 2018

New Warning to remain in place until SUNDAY Afternoon.  

UPDATE: Winds are gusting to 28MPH at Middle Peak on Mt Tamalpais as of 9am Sunday

Don't be fooled by the cool weather.  A combination of extremely low relative humidity and locally strong winds make for critical fire weather in the North Bay this weekend.

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 until Sunday, November 11 at 4:00PM PST.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of extremely dry air (relative humidities below 10%) and locally strong winds.

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, MMWD
  • Mount Vision Rd, Inverness (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

Marin fire agencies will be increasing staffing as conditions change throughout the county during the Red Flag Warning.  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.

  • Mount Tamalpais State Park information number is 415-388-2070.
  • Marin Municipal Water District information number is 415-945-1195.
  • Marin County Fire Information Hotline number is 415-473-7191.

IMPORTANT - Register for Alerts!

Marin County Fire Agencies are now coordinating to distribute Red Flag Warning Announcements through "Nixle".  It is important that ALL Mari residents register for Alert Marin AND Nixle, and understand the difference (they are different, and each requires a separate registration - and each is important during an emergency).  To ensure you continue receiving Red Flag Warning and Emergency Alerts, please register for both Alert Marin and Nixle TODAY!  Visit: www.alertmarin.org and www.nixle.com to register.

From the National Weather Service: 

Weather Summary

Offshore flow is forecast to strengthen Saturday night and persist through Sunday afternoon. Winds will be strongest over the higher terrain of the North Bay Mountains, East Bay Hills and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Gusty winds combined with already critically low relative humidity values and very dry fuels will create critical fire weather conditions. Winds are forecast to decrease on Sunday evening but very dry conditions will persist into Monday.

Red Flag Warning

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now...or will shortly. A combination of strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior

What Can I do?

Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.   

To register for emergency alerts, visit: www.alertmarin.org and www.nixle.com

To learn more about preparing for wildfire please visit: www.firesafemarin.org 

Read the full fire weather forecast here... 

From FIRESafe MARIN: What can I do to protect my home and family?

  1. Review Marin's Wildfire Evacuation Preparedness page
  2. Register for Alert Marin and Nixle, and monitor local news sources for fire information.
  3. Create a wildfire evacuation plan and prepare now, BEFORE a fire starts.
  4. Do not use charcoal barbecues.
  5. Do not use power tools outdoors.
  6. Clean ALL leaves and needles from your roof, rain gutters, and around your house.
  7. Do not drive or park in dry grass.
  8. Follow the steps in our 7 day guide to wildfire preparedness - start TODAY!
  9. Once you've completed steps 1-7, take action to create or enhance your home's Defensible Space.  Directions are available at www.firesafemarin.org/defensible-space.
  10. Call 911 if you see or smell smoke.

For more information on wildfire preparedness, please visit FIRESafe MARIN online!

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