For Immediate ReleaseOctober 22, 2019
Warning to remain in place until Thursday evening
Marin County, CA -- The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for the North Bay mountains, interior valleys and other parts of the Bay Area, between noon Wednesday, October 23, to 4 p.m. Thursday, October 24.
At this time, there are no planned PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) anticipated in Marin County.
A Red Flag warning means critical fire weather conditions are expected during the time frame with a combination of strong offshore winds with ridgetop gusts to 60 mph and low relative humidity ranging from 10-20%.
The affected area includes both lower and higher terrain areas of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and East Bay counties.
The concerns of this weather system are that fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. 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.
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) have approved the strategic prepositioning and increased staffing of critical fire resources to include one strike teams, two water tenders, two hand crews, and additional dispatchers and chief officers throughout the county during the Red Flag warning.
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.
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Defensible space and home hardening are 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, visit www.firesafemarin.org.
Bret McTigueBattalion ChiefMarin County Fire Department
33 Castle Rock Ave.Woodacre, CA 94973(415) 473-6717Email: Bret McTigueMarin County Fire website