For Immediate ReleaseAugust 22, 2020
Warning in place until Monday Evening, August 24
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, which is in effect from 5 a.m. Sunday, August 23, to 5 p.m. Monday, August 24.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame for dry lightning and gusty, erratic outflow winds over existing wildfires.
The affected area includes higher terrain areas of Marin, Napa, Sonoma counties.
The concerns of this weather system are that fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. The strongest thunderstorms are anticipated to develop Sunday evening through Monday morning. Additional isolated to scattered dry thunderstorms are forecast to develop over land from early Sunday to late Monday. Weaker isolated
storms are possible off the coast as early as Saturday.
Lightning will likely spark new fires across the region, including remote areas. Wildfires in remote regions may not become apparent until warmer and drier conditions allow them to grow. Erratic gusty outflow winds may result in dangerous and unpredictable fire behavior.
The following land use restrictions are in effect for the Marin Municipal Water District, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and The Point Reyes National Seashore during the Red Flag conditions.
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.
We are aware of heavy smoke conditions throughout Marin County. Please only call 9-1-1 to report a suspected fire (e.g., see active flames), but not to report smoke.
Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.
To register for emergency alerts, visit www.alertmarin.org. To learn more about preparing for wildfire, visit www.firesafemarin.org.
Bret McTigueBattalion ChiefMarin County Fire Department
33 Castle Rock Ave.Woodacre, CA 94973(415) 473-6717Email: Bret McTigueMarin County Fire website