For Immediate ReleaseNovember 19, 2019
Warning to remain in place until Thursday, November 21
Marin County, CA – The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for strong offshore winds and critically low humidity for the North Bay mountains and other parts of the Bay Area above 1,000 feet, which is in effect from 4 a.m. Wednesday, November 20, to 7 a.m. Thursday, November 21.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during the designated time frame with a combination of strong and gusty north to northeast winds, with gusts up to 35 mph possible across the highest peaks, and low relative humidity.
The affected area includes both lower and higher terrain areas of Marin County.
The concerns caused by the weather system are that developing wildfires likely will 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 team, one water tender, 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.
Here are other useful phone numbers:
Defensible space and home hardening are essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.
Bret McTigueBattalion ChiefMarin County Fire Department
33 Castle Rock Ave.Woodacre, CA 94973(415) 473-6717Email: Bret McTigueMarin County Fire website