2014 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures
From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »
2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended
March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. More »
Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1, 2013
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on weekends and holidays when shuttles are operating. More »
Wildfire on Limantour Road Quickly Suppressed on October 18, 2002
Contact: Jennifer Chapman, 415-464-5133
A wildfire accidentally ignited on the south side of Limantour Road in Point Reyes National Seashore today was quickly contained at 6.6 acres due to the quick response of the Seashore’s fire management staff and other responding fire agencies. The fire, thought to have been started by roadside mowing, burned on slopes of grass and coyote brush.
The fire was reported to the Seashore’s dispatch office shortly after 1pm and was fully controlled in less than an hour. Two National Park Service engines responded and were soon joined by 5 engines from Marin County Fire Department, and 2 engines from Inverness Public Utility District. Bolinas Fire Protection District also sent 2 engines to Point Reyes Station to provide back up for other emergencies. Hoselines along the southwest side of the fire allowed deployment of water in an effective initial attack. A load of fire retardant was also dropped on the flames. Aircraft from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) responding to the incident included an air traffic control plane, 2 air tankers, and a helicopter. Other ground equipment in the response included 2 water tenders and a dozer transport unit from Marin County Fire Department. Handcrews continued to mop up the smoldering brush after containment. Visitors at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, the Point Reyes Youth Hostel and Limantour Beach were contacted and safely exited the area. Public access to Limantour Road was resumed by late afternoon.
Outstanding interagency cooperation and communications is to credit for this successful suppression effort.
Did You Know?
Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are present in the waters of Point Reyes year round. Every spring, approximately 7,000 harbor seals, or 20% of the mainland California breeding population, haul out on the beaches of Point Reyes. Look for them in the esteros and in Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon. More...