Woodward Fire - August 2020

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Last updated: Friday, October 23, 2020
On Monday, August 17, 2020, lightning started a wildfire, which was named the 4-5 Fire, north of the junction of Woodward Valley Trail and the Coast Trail. On Tuesday, August 18, a second fire, initially named the 4-6 Fire and later renamed the Woodward Fire, was found nearby and, aided by gusty winds, quickly grew in size. By Friday, October 9, the Woodward Fire was 100% contained at 4,929 acres in size. However, fuels in the interior area of the fire will continue to burn until the winter rains arrive. Park personnel are now be in a monitoring operating stance and will shift into suppression repair and emergency repair work over the next several months.

Safety reminder: Park visitors and area residents are asked to be mindful of park closures that remain in effect. Unburnt fuels in the interior of the fire area will continue to burn and may flare up under favorable weather conditions producing more smoke. The fire probably will not be completely extinguished until the park receives rain. The fuels that continue to burn are large tree trunks and smoldering fuels that are very difficult to access. Compromised trees are falling on a regular basis within the interior and along the perimeter of the fire creating hazards for firefighters. While it might not look dangerous, if you were to go into a closed area, and something were to happen to you and you required assistance, everyone might be put in harm's way. Thank you for your continued patience during this extraordinary time!

All wood and charcoal fires are prohibited until further notice. Gas campstoves are permitted at open picnic areas, at Wildcat Campground, and on beaches.
Determination of Temporary Closure - September 22, 2020, until further notice - signed on September 22, 2020 (112 KB PDF)

Updates about the Woodward Fire were posted on Point Reyes National Seashore's Facebook and Twitter pages, InciWeb's Woodward Fire Information page, and on the Marin County Fire Department's Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts, as well as on this page.

Check out the Woodward Fire Photo Gallery at the bottom of this page.

 
A color map of Point Reyes National Seashore indicating areas and roads that are closed or undergoing road work from October 23, 2020, until further notice.

Areas closed to all visitors due to the Woodward Fire.

The area and all trails south of Limantour Road* and Bear Valley Road, west of Bear Valley Access Road and Rift Zone Trail, and north of Stewart Trail are closed to all visitor access until further notice. These areas include, but are not limited to:

  • The Bear Valley area west of the Visitor Center Access Road and south of the Rift Zone Trail is closed to all visitor access until further notice. This includes:
 
A color map indicating the areas and trails in the Bear Valley Area that are closed to visitors due to the Woodward Fire as of October 23, 2020, until further notice.
  • Coast, Glen, and Sky Campgrounds are closed until further notice. Campers will receive a notification and refund via email.
  • All wood and charcoal fires are prohibited until further notice. Gas campstoves are permitted at open picnic areas, at Wildcat Campground, and on beaches.
    Determination of Temporary Closure - September 22, 2020, until further notice - signed on September 22, 2020 (112 KB PDF)
  • Bear Valley Trail, Mount Wittenburg Trail, Horse Trail, Sky Trail, Laguna Trail, Glen Trail, Greenpicker Trail, and Coast Trail north of Stewart Trail.

Exceptions

* The exception to this closure is that visitors are welcome to walk southeast on Limantour Beach. Keep in mind that all areas above the vegetation line from Limantour Beach's southern parking lot to Wildcat Campground are closed to all access until further notice, including Sculptured Beach Trail, Kelham Beach Trail, and Kelham Beach.

** Rangers will be stationed at the front doors of the Bear Valley Visitor Center daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm (as staffing allows) to provide visitors information and maps. Please line up along the sloped pathway from near the accessible parking spaces; only one person per family/party/group, please. Please maintain at least six feet of physical distance and wear a mask. The interior of the visitor center is closed until further notice.

Reopened Areas

As of Friday, October 23, 2020, the Bear Valley parking lot, Bear Valley Picnic Area, the Earthquake Trail, and the Rift Zone Trail are open.

Respect the Closures

Fire-related activity continues. Hazardous conditions exist. Conditions can change rapidly. Please visit these areas of Point Reyes National Seashore at a later, safer time in the future.

Maps

Download a park map indicating the area closed due to the Woodward Fire. (9,130 KB PDF)
Download a map of the Bear Valley area indicating the areas and trails closed due to the Woodward Fire. (518 KB PDF)

Visit our Woodward Fire - August 2020 page for more information.


 

Photos and other multimedia

Close to real-time photos are available from cameras located on Black Mountain, Mount Barnabe, and Mount Vision courtesy of AlertWildfire.org.

 
 

Public Fire Information

Email
Marin County Public Hotline: 415-473-7191 (recorded message)

 

Incident Updates

 

Maps

An interactive fire map for the Woodward Fire is available displaying evacuation warning areas, fire perimeter, satellite based thermal imagery, and other features. More features are in the works and will be added as they are finished.

Air quality maps are available through the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow and their Fire and Smoke maps.

Woodward Fire Boundary Maps

After Sunday, September 6, 2020, the Woodward Fire Boundary Maps will no longer be updated daily, only as needed going forward.

 

Evacuation Orders and Warnings

All Evacuation Warnings have been lifted as of 4 pm on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office, in collaboration with the Marin County Fire Department, lifted the remaining Evacuation Warnings in West Marin at 4 pm on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

Earlier Evacuation Orders and Warnings That Have Been Lifted or Reduced

  • At 6 pm on Friday, September 4, the Marin County Sheriff's Office, in collaboration with Marin County Fire Department, reduced the Monday, August 24 Evacuation Order for Silverhills Road, Fox Drive, and Noren Way to an Evacuation Warning. The evacuation center at the Marin Center was also closed. Evacuation warnings for Silverhills Road, Fox Drive, and Noren Way and Inverness Park and the Bear Valley area remained in effect until 4 pm on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
  • At 7 pm on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, the Evacuation Warning for Olema, Inverness, Drakes View, and Sea Haven was lifted. Other evacuation Warnings and Orders around the fire remained in affect (e.g., Silverhills – Evacuation Order, Inverness Park – Evacuation Warning, NPS Park Headquarters at Bear Valley - Evacuation Warning.
  • At noon on Saturday, August 29, 2020, the Evacuation Warning for the communities of Bolinas and Dogtown and for the Highway 1 corridor south of Five Brooks was lifted. The Palomarin, Ridge, McCurdy/Teixeira, Randall, and Five Brooks Trailheads and all trails within Point Reyes National Seashore remained closed until Thursday, September 10, 2020.
  • At 10:08 pm on Monday, August 24, 2020, the Marin County Sheriff's Office announced that the evacuation warning area was expanded to include the area east of Highway 1, north of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, west of Olema Hill/Bolinas Ridge, and south of Lagunitas Creek.
  • At 6:23 pm on Monday, August 24, 2020, the Marin County Sheriff's Office announced an evacuation order for Silverhills Road, Fox Drive, and Noren Way south of Inverness Park.
  • At 11:41 am on Friday, August 21, 2020, the Marin County Sheriff's Office announced an evacuation warning for the area west of Highway 1 and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (northern intersection) to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. The area included the communities of Olema, Inverness, Inverness Park and Sea Haven. The area south of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and west of the Bay Area Ridge Trail (aka Bolinas Ridge Trail), and north of the McCurdy Trail was also closed.

Disclaimer: Daily between 8 am and 4:30 pm, park website authors will update the alerts above with any new information that becomes available. After 4:30 pm and before 8 am, visit the Marin County Sheriff's Office's Nixle page to check whether any alerts pertaining to the Woodward Fire have been posted while park website authors are off-duty, as well as for additional emergency alerts that are in effect in Marin County. Park website authors will add any alerts that are issued overnight when they return to work at 8 am each morning.

Register at alertmarin.org and NIXLE to receive emergency notifications.

Visit FIRESafe MARIN's Wildfire Evacuation Preparedness page to learn how to register to receive evacuation notices & fire information, to learn the difference between Evacuation Warnings and Evacuation Orders, tips on how to harden your home and create defensible space, and how to prepare to evacuate.

Webinar: Evacuation & Warnings – How To Survive a Wildfire

On Tuesday, August 25, FIRESafe Marin hosed a webinar entitled "Webinar: Evacuation & Warnings – How To Survive a Wildfire" featuring Central Marin Fire Department Battalion Chief Todd Lando and 2018 Camp Fire evacuee and survivor Dr. Shannamar Dewey. A recording of the webinar is available of FIRESafe Marin's YouTube Channel.

 

Press Briefings

With the transition of incident management for the fire from the Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team 2 to the Great Basin Incident Management Team 4, information will still come from the National Seashore's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Status update briefings in the morning also transitioned to Point Reyes National Seashore's Facebook page and will continue to be on Zoom.

Woodward Fire status briefing: every other day at ~9:30 am

Beginning on Thursday, September 10, 2020, Great Basin Incident Management Team 4 Press Briefings will be offered every other day (i.e., Saturday, September 12; Monday, September 14; Wednesday, September 16) through Wednesday, September 16.

ASL and captioning available on all platforms, Spanish interpretation available on Zoom. Each day, English recordings are posted to YouTube and Facebook, and Spanish recordings are posted to YouTube.

ASL y subtítulos disponibles en todas las plataformas, interpretación en español disponible en Zoom. Cada día se publican grabaciones en inglés y español en YouTube y Facebook, y en español en YouTube.

  • Watch on the Point Reyes National Seashore's Facebook page. (You do not need your own Facebook account to watch this briefing on the park's Facebook page.)
  • Watch on YouTube.
  • Watch on Zoom. Meeting ID: 833 4386 1107.
  • Marin County Residents: Watch on the Community Media Center of Marin's Marin TV: Comcast channel 27 or AT&T Uverse channel 99 or online.
  • Novato Residents: Watch on Novato Community Television: Comcast channels 26, 27, and 30 or AT&T Uverse channel 99.
  • Listen by telephone:
    Call: 669-900-6833
    Meeting ID: 833 4386 1107

Great Basin Incident Management Team 4 Press Briefings

View the Great Basin IMT's press briefings that were offered on:

Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team 2 Press Briefings

View the Northern Rockies National IMT's press briefings that were offered on:

North Bay Incident Management Team Press Briefings

From Wednesday, August 19, 2020, through Sunday, August 23, 2020, the Marin County Fire Department, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the Marin County Sheriff's Department held press briefings about the Woodward Fire. Press briefings were live streamed on Marin County Fire Department's Facebook page. View the North Bay IMT's press briefings that were offered on:

 
 
 

Town Hall

The Marin County Fire Department, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the Marin County Sheriff's Department held a digital town hall on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The public were invited to submit questions in advance for park and fire officials to answer. The recording of the town hall is available on Facebook in only English and on YouTube in both English and Español.

 

Donations

We continue to receive generous donation offers and truly appreciate all of them. However, in order to keep all of our firefighters safe from potential exposure to COVID-19, we are not able to accept items from the community. If you would like to show support, please post "thank you" signs along roadways and in the community where the firefighters will see them. You may also consider making a donation to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation or a local charity.

 

Glossary of Wildland Fire Terms

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) maintains a glossary of more commonly used wildland fire terms on their InciWeb site, as well as a more comprehensive glossary that provides the wildland fire community a single source for wildland fire and incident management terminology commonly used by the NWCG and its subgroups.

Last updated: November 14, 2020

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone:

415-464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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