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Overnight Wildfire in West Marin Forces Evacuations

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A wildfire burning near Samuel P Taylor State Park in West Marin forced evacuations of hundreds of residents of Lagunitas, with evacuation warnings for residents of Lagunitas, Forest Knolls, and San Geronimo.  The “Irving Fire” (#IrvingFire) was reported to be 100 acres, burning near the Irving Creek drainage near the Mt Barnabe/Dickson Fire Lookout.  Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place (learn more about evacuation terminolgy and preparedness here).

Current Wildfire information is available form Marin County Fire Department via social media (Twitter, Facebook).  All San Geronimo Valley residents should ensure they are registered for Alert Marin (first), Nixle (second), and monitor the situation on social media, local radio, and TV throughout the day.  Please read Fire Safe Marin’s Evacuation Guide and take steps to prepare your home for wildfire TODAY!

Continue reading for additional information and resources.

LAGUNITAS, CA – Fire Safe Marin – A wildfire started overnight Monday in Marin County, burning more than 100 acres before sunrise Tuesday and prompting evacuations in the San Geronimo Valley of West Marin.

The Irving Fire (#IrvingFire), started near Mount Barnabe Lookout in the vicinity of Samuel P. Taylor State Park, according to the Marin County Fire Department.  The fire had burned more than 100 acres and was 10 percent contained just after midnight.  More than 150 homes are under the evacuation “order,” and none have been destroyed according to Marin County Fire Department.

Evacuation orders are in place for residents on Mountain King Rd, Portola Avenue and Alamo Road to Barranca Road.  An evacuation warning is in place for all residents of San Geronimo, Forest Knoll, and lower Lagunitas west of Nicasio Valley Rd and Nort of Sir Francis Drake Blvd to the Sate Park.  Residents were evacuated to Lagunitas School and Community Center at 1 Lagunitas School Road in San Geronimo.  The American Red Cross has established services at Lagunitas School to assist evacuees.  Up to date Public Information is available at the Community Center.

The fire is burning in “treacherous,” steep terrain,and is diufficult to fight at night according to Marin County Fire Department.  Firefighters are using bulldozers, hand crews, water tenders and from Marin and Sonoma counties.  Aircraft are expected to arrive after sunrise Tuesday morning.

The fire has generated smoke that can be seen and smelled across Marin and the North Bay, especially in the San Geronimo, Fairfax, and Ross Valley communities.

Fire Information Resources

 Current Wildfire information is available form Marin County Fire Department via social media (Twitter, Facebook). 

A public information hotline has been established at (415) 473-7191

Evacuation Notices will be distributed (to affected residents only) by Alert Marin – registration required!

CAL FIRE Incident Information (not as current as Marin County Fire Department)