Fire Education

Eight people walking on a narrow trail surrounded by eight-foot-tall, densely-packed pine trees.
Learning about fire on the Bayview Trail.

NPS Photo / Alyssa Baltrus


Fire education is an important fire management strategy which emphasizes fire safety, fire ecology and fuel treatments.

At Point Reyes National Seashore, fire education focuses on lessons learned from the Vision Fire, community wildlfire protection, and the park's prescribed fire program.




Visiting the Park

Hiking through the area that burned during the 1995 Vision Fire is one of the best ways to learn about fire at Point Reyes. "After the Vision Fire: An Educational Trailguide" (687 KB PDF) was developed to help you see the effects of the fire in the landscape. (Adobe® Acrobat Reader® may be needed to view PDF documents.)

There are also two films which you can request to see at Visitor Center:

"The Spark of Life: Fire are Point Reyes" (11 min) - includes live footage and interviews

"Fire Management" (6 min) - a Science Behind the Scenery presentation by the Pacific Coast Learning Center

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Fire Education Materials

Many resources for teachers are available on the NPS's Wildland Fire: For Teachers web page.

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree offers workshops to train teachers how to use the Burning Issues curriculum, and provides a variety of other environmental education resources.

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Science Behind the Scenery: Fire Management Video

In 2004, the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center produced a DVD entitled "Science Behind the Scenery." One segment of this DVD featured fire management at Point Reyes National Seashore.


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KQED's Quest Program

KQED's Quest Program: Into the Inferno: The Science of Fire

Into the Inferno: The Science of Fire - initially aired on September 25, 2007


Defensible Space Evaluator Class

In 2007, Point Reyes National Seashore's Fire Education Specialist Jennifer Chapman interviewed Southern Marin Fire Captain Cary Gloeckner about the fire district's Defensible Space Evaluator Class. Fire Captain Gloeckner talks about the two-day workshop that taught people how to assess fire hazards around their home, and how this process can be used to determine priorities for a community overall.


Fire at Point Reyes: Past, Present and Future

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      Last updated: April 28, 2024

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      1 Bear Valley Road
      Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


      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 (e.g., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; fire danger information; 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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