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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Red Flag Warning in Effect for MMWD Lands

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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 11 p.m. Wednesday, September 19 to 5 p.m. Thursday, September 20. This supersedes the Fire Weather Watch that was previously in effect.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of strong off shore winds with gusts to 35 miles per hour and low relative humidity ranging from 25-35 percent.
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 Greene (Ross), and Leo Cronin Parking area (Lagunitas)
• Closure to Mount Vision Rd (National Park Service)
• All open burning and burn permits are suspended on public lands
• All watershed land use permits are canceled
• Closures at 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

Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire.

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.  
To register for emergency alerts, visit: www.alertmarin.org
To learn more about preparing for wildfire please visit: www.firesafemarin.org

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