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 »
Extreme Fire Danger on Thursday, August 28, 2008 for Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: Jennifer Chapman, 415-464-5133
Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Don Neubacher stated that based on this afternoon’s weather, fire danger at the Seashore will be rated as “Extreme” tomorrow, on Thursday, August 28, prompting several precautionary measures at the park. Superintendent Neubacher explained, “When fire danger is extreme, we take extra steps to prevent a wildfire and ask the public to be extra aware of their actions as well."
Thursday’s extreme fire danger rating is based on a combination of factors including relative humidity, wind, and “fuel moisture” which is the water content in the vegetation. Several steps of action will occur within the Seashore boundaries: 1) all wood or charcoal fires will be banned, although self-contained gas stoves will be permitted at designated campgrounds and picnic areas; 2) all previously issued fire permits will become null and void; 3) Mt. Vision Road will be closed to all vehicle traffic; 4) smoking will be prohibited on all park trails and backcountry areas; and 5) park employees will not use electrical equipment such as chain saws, lawn mowers, weed eaters, welders or other potential ignition sources outside of developed areas in the park.
Concurrently, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect tomorrow for the North Bay Hills weather zone which includes areas above 1,000 feet elevation in central Marin County including most of Mount Tamalpais State Park and part of Muir Woods National Monument. The Red Flag Warning does not apply to the Coastal North Bay weather zone in which the Seashore is included.
For more information, please visit the fire pages on the park website at www.nps.gov/pore/fire.
Did You Know?
California could see an increase of 50 percent or more in the occurrence of large wildfires in the 21st century due to global warming and its consequences. More...