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Red Flag Fire Alert Issued for October 12, 2010, for San Francisco Bay Area National Parks

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Date: October 12, 2010
Contact: Jennifer Chapman, 415-464-5133

National Park Service Fire Management Officer Roger Wong has recommended a fire alert for several parks in the San Francisco Bay Area in response to a red flag warning which was issued by the National Weather Service. This red flag warning will be in effect until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 13. The current red flag warning is due to the low relative humidity and gusty north winds which are forecasted for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Restrictions that will be in effect Tuesday and possibly Wednesday at Point Reyes National Seashore are:

1) All wood or charcoal fires are prohibited—(however, self-contained, portable gas stoves will be allowed 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; and
4) smoking will be prohibited on all park trails and backcountry areas.

Restrictions that will be in effect Tuesday and possibly Wednesday on Golden Gate NRA lands including Muir Woods National Monument are:

1) All fires, including cooking fires and charcoal grills, are prohibited—(however, self-contained, portable gas stoves, will be allowed at designated campgrounds and picnic areas); and
2) smoking on all park trails is prohibited.

Restrictions that will be in effect Tuesday and possibly Wednesday at John Muir National Historic Site in the East Bay are:

The Mount Wanda trail will be closed.

-NPS-

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