Red Flag Fire Alert Issued for September 13, 2003 for Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Don Neubacher, stated that tomorrow, Saturday September 13, will be 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 to all vehicle traffic; 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.
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