September 2, 2008
Contact: Jennifer Chapman
Fire danger at Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) lands in Marin County is rated as "Extreme" today, Tuesday, September 2.
Restrictions that will be in effect today within the Seashore boundaries are:
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 equipment such as chain saws, lawn mowers, weed eaters, welders or other potential ignition sources outside of developed areas in the park.
Restrictions that will be in effect today on all GGNRA lands in Marin County, including the Marin Headlands and Muir Woods National Monument are:
1) All fires, including cooking fires and charcoal grills, are prohibited except for self-contained, portable gas stoves, which are allowed only in designated campground and picnic areas; and
2) smoking on all park trails is prohibited.
Fire Danger Rating is based the Burning Index which is an estimate of how difficult it will be to control a wildland fire if one ignites. The Burning Index is based on weather and vegetation conditions as well as vegetation type.