County of Marin - News Releases - Red Flag Warning

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2019

Red Flag Warning in Effect for Marin County

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.

Graphic says Marin County Fire Chiefs Red Flag WarningAt this time, there are no planned PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) anticipated in Marin County.

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.

  • 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.

Here are other useful phone numbers:

  • 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 and home hardening are 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