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Red Flag Warning In Effect for Marin County--Warning to remain in place until Monday evening

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 8 PM this evening to 5 PM Monday October 8th.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of strong North East winds with gusts to 50 miles per hour and low relative humidity.

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.

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

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

One Less Spark - One Less Wildfire: A few helpful reminders and safety tips include: 

Equipment Use Safety

  • Never mow or trim dry grass on a Red Flag Warning Day. (Mow before 10 a.m. on a day when its not hot and windy). 
  • Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation. 
  • Spark arresters are required in wildland areas on all portable gasoline powered equipment.

Defensible Space

  • Residents should make sure they have 30 to 150 feet of defensible space around structures. 
  • Clear dead weeds and vegetation. 
  • Remove leaves and needles from gutters. 
  • Trim branches 6 to 8 feet from the ground. 

Vehicle 

  • Never pull over in dry grass.
  • Ensure trailer chains don't drag on the ground.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained.
  • Have proper tire pressure to avoid driving on wheel rim.

Other

  • Make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished. 
  • Outdoor BBQ discouraged. 
  • Report any suspicious activities to prevent arson.

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

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

Know your wildfire risk and prepare an emergency plan in advance. Start your planning now: 

  • Develop an escape plan and discuss it with your family.

  • Walk your neighborhood before disaster strikes and look for alternate escape routes. Click here for the Guide to Mill Valley Steps, Lanes and Paths.

  • During high fire danger periods – monitor local news and be prepared to evacuate.

  • Identify important papers, photos and prepare an emergency supply kit.

Check the ReadyMarin website for planning and preparations guidelines and resources.

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