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Red Flag Fire Alert Issued October 15, 1999 for Point Reyes National Seashore

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Date: October 15, 1999
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Don Neubacher, stated today is a Red Flag Alert day within the Seashore due to the potential high fire danger. Superintendent Neubacher explained, "Seashore staff has gained a heightened awareness of the impact of a major uncontrolled wildfire."

A Red Flag Alert is defined by the National Weather Service and has a number of variables related to fire weather and predicted weather conditions for the day. Several steps of action will occur within the Seashore boundaries: 1) no wood or charcoal fires will be allowed on beaches or in picnic areas; 2) all previously issued fire permits become null and void; 3) Mt. Vision Road will be closed; and 4) smoking will be prohibited on park trails. Red Flag Alerts are issued on a daily basis, since fire weather can change from day to day.

-NPS-

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