County of Marin - News Releases - Red Flag Warning

For Immediate Release
September 23, 2019

Red Flag Warning in Effect for Marin County

Status to remain in place until Wednesday morning

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 above 1,000 feet from 9 p.m. Monday, September 23, to 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 25.

Graphic says Marin County Fire Chiefs Red Flag WarningLand use restrictions are in effect whenever there is a Red Flag warning.
A Red Flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame with a combination of strong offshore winds with gusts to 30-35 mph and low relative humidity percentage ranging from teens to the low 20s.

The affected area includes 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.

In response to the increase fire weather conditions, Marin fire agencies -- including the Marin County Fire Department -- have added additional staff, including eight fire engines, two fire crews, two water tenders, one dispatcher, and one battalion chief above and beyond our normal daily staffing. The additional staffing is funded by California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).

The following land use restrictions are in effect for the Marin Municipal Water District, Mount Tamalpais State Park, the Marin County Open Space District, and Point Reyes National Seashore during the Red Flag conditions.

  • Closures at Sky Oaks, Natalie Coffin Green Park (Ross), and Leo Cronin Parking Lot, MMWD
  • Mount Vision Road, Inverness (National Park Service)
  • All open burning and burn permits are suspended on public lands
  • 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.

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 Information Hotline number is 415-473-7191.

Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.

To register for emergency alerts, visit To learn more about preparing for wildfire, 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