Red Flag Fire Alert Issued for September 14, 2003 for Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: David Schifsky, 415-464-5178
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 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.
Did You Know?
Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) began breeding at Point Reyes in 1981 after being absent for over 150 years. The population breeds at terrestrial haul out sites at Point Reyes Headland, one of only eleven mainland breeding areas for northern elephant seals in the world. More...