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Current Wildfires:

There are no wildfires burning in Point Reyes National Seashore at this time.

 

Recent Wildfires

Woodward Fire

On Monday, August 17, 2020, lightning started a wildfire, which was named the 4-5 Fire, north of the junction of Woodward Valley Trail and the Coast Trail. On Tuesday, August 18, a second fire, initially named the 4-6 Fire and later renamed the Woodward Fire, was found nearby and, aided by gusty winds, quickly grew in size. By Thursday, October 1, 2020, the Woodward Fire was 100% contained at 4,929 acres in size. The Woodward Fire was declared out on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Updates can be found on our Woodward Fire page, on our Facebook and Twitter pages, on InciWeb's Woodward Fire Information page, and on the Marin County Fire Department's Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

Visit our Woodward Fire page for more information and for details and links to/about:

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Light Fire

The Light Fire burned 5.6 acres at the end of the Point Reyes peninsula, on a north-facing slope that was very close to the lighthouse apartments. The fire was reported at 10:35 am on the morning of Sunday, September 27, 2020, and was apparently caused by a downed power line. At 6 pm on Monday, September 28, the fire was declared contained and controlled.

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Prescribed Fires:

There are no prescribed fires planned for or burning in Point Reyes National Seashore at this time.

Fires Outside the Park

  • Information about fires to which the Marin County Fire Department is responding is available on their Twitter page.
  • A map and information about fires in California under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is available on the CAL Fire Active Incidents page.
  • Information about fires at other National Park Service sites is available on NPS Fire News.
  • Information about large fires throughout the U.S. is available on InciWeb.
  • The national Situation Report (PDF - file size changes daily) provides a summary of fire activity across the U.S. by geographic area.
 

Daily Fire Danger Rating:

Call 415-464-5100 x2 x1 to find out what today's fire danger is.

Depending on the current fire danger, the following types of heat sources will be permitted (YES) or prohibited (NO):

Fire Danger Rating Self-contained gas stoves Park provided grills (designated picnic areas & campgrounds) Self-contained charcoal barbecues (i.e., Webers) Beach fires
LOW YES YES YES YES
MODERATE YES YES YES YES
HIGH YES YES YES NO
VERY HIGH YES NO NO NO
EXTREME or RED FLAG WARNING YES NO NO NO


Under high, very high, and extreme fire danger conditions:

  • Mt. Vision Road is closed to vehicle traffic.

Under very high and extreme fire danger conditions:

  • Smoking is banned on all park trails and in backcountry areas in the park.

At all times, regardless of current fire danger:

  • Permits are required for beach fires in the park and may be obtained at park visitor centers.
  • Fires shall at all times be maintained in a safe condition that does not threaten any person, natural, or structural feature.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Extinguish all fires with water prior to departure.
  • Ground fires are not permitted.
  • Firewood gathering is prohibited.
  • The possession or discharge of fireworks is prohibited.
  • Report all wildfires immediately.
  • Ask a park ranger for further information.

10 Tips to Prevent Wildfires

Nationally, almost 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans. These preventable wildfires threaten lives, property, and our precious natural resources. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a public land pro, you play a valuable role in preventing wildfires and protecting our natural resources. Please read and share these 10 Tips to Prevent Wildfires to help prevent wildfires and spread the word about #TeamPublicLands, the Department of the Interior's campaign to encourage responsible recreation.

Weather Forecasts:

National Weather Service forecast for Bear Valley/Olema, CA
National Weather Service Fire Weather Planning Forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area and Central California Coast
National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey Forecast Office Fire Weather Zones
National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey Forecast Office
National Weather Service California Fire Weather
National Weather Service National Fire Weather Page


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Last updated: September 15, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone:

415-464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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