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Fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties

The City of Mill Valley, like many other Bay Area communities, is impacted by the fires currently burning in Napa and Sonoma.

Impacts:

Smoke: Drift smoke is settling in our region. Those with respiratory problems consider staying indoors. Close windows and doors and limit outdoor activities.

Response: The City has four Police Officers and a Fire Department strike team including Type 3 engines to provide mutual aid to the affected jurisdictions. At present, we have not activated our Emergency Operations Center, nor do we have reports of any imminent threat to Southern Marin. 

Staffing Levels:  Many City of Mill Valley employees live in Napa and Sonoma and are impacted personally by this disaster. The Fire and Police stations are staffed and operating, however, other non-public safety departments have staff absent today due to the fires.  

Red Flag Warning: The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning through Thursday evening for the North Bay. The dry weather and anticipated wind forecast makes the risk of wildfires in our area high. Due to the fire danger, the following public lands have announced closures:

  • MMWD: Mt. Tamalpais watershed lands are closed to public motor vehicle traffic on Sky Oaks Road beyond the Sky Oaks Ranger Station. All watershed land use permits have been suspended. Natalie Coffin Greene Park is closed to vehicle traffic. For additional MMWD closure information, please call (415) 945-1195.
  • Marin County Open Space and  Marin County Parks lands, events and programs are closed/cancelled for duration of the Red Flag warning.For additional Parks and Open Space closure information, please call (415) 473-6387.

Shelter: The Marin County Sheriff’s Office has opened a temporary evacuation center at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, in San Rafael. The temporary center (no cots or sleeping quarters available) serves as an overflow location for Sonoma and Napa fire evacuees, with capacity up to 2,000 people.

Traffic: Marin County residents are urged to stay off roads and highways as much as possible to help first-responders get to destinations where help is needed.We will post additional updates as information is provided.

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