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Fire Safe Fourth of July 2011 at Point Reyes National Seashore

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Date: July 1, 2011
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

Our national parks are public landscapes that heal our spirit and give us solace. These special uniquely American places also afford us an opportunity to reflect on our history, heritage and culture. With every July 4th holiday, the safety and the security of our visitors are our top priority.

Point Reyes National Seashore joins many other parks in the San Francisco Bay Area in enforcing a ban on all fireworks. The Seashore hosts an incredible diversity of wildlife that can be seriously impacted by the noise of fireworks. The park is asking all visitors to be especially "fire safe" this year and help to ensure no wildfires are started. All visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore should be extremely cautious due to the dry conditions this year. Beach fire permits are required and available at the park visitor centers.

Superintendent Cicely Muldoon stated, "We want to ensure park visitors enjoy a safe and fun Fourth of July. Drakes Beach has traditionally been popular with the local community and we welcome visitors and families to park beaches for a safe holiday." She also stated, "The park wants to be extremely cautious because of the potential for wildfires this year and the forecast of extremely warm, dry conditions for this weekend."

Please visit our website at www.nps.gov/pore.

-NPS-

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