County of Marin - News Releases - Red Flag Warning

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2018

Red Flag Warning in Effect for Marin County

Warning to remain in place until Tuesday afternoon

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 was issued at 3 a.m. Monday, September 24, and will remain in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 25.

A Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of strong offshore winds with gusts to 35 mph and low relative humidity, ranging from 5-15 percent. With those weather conditions, fires that develop are likely to spread rapidly.

The affected area includes higher terrain areas of Marin, Napa, Sonoma counties. The following 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 in the Marin Municipal Water District
  • Mount Vision Road in 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

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has approved the strategic prepositioning of critical fire resources to include a strike team (five wildland fire engines), a water tender, firefighters and additional dispatchers throughout Marin 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 Department Information Hotline number is 415-473-7191. Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. To learn more about preparing for wildfire, visit

To register for emergency alerts, visit


Bret McTigue
Battalion Chief
Marin County Fire Department

33 Castle Rock Ave.
Woodacre, CA 94973
(415) 473-6717
Email: Bret McTigue
Marin County Fire website