Scooper plane gathering water from Tomales Bay to fight fire. Photo @ Sabrina Pelayo
August 25, 2020

Dear Friends,

I am writing to give an update on the fire at Point Reyes National Seashore. First of all, I hope you are safe as California faces another challenging fire season. I so appreciate the many people who have sent good wishes for our beloved park and the fire team working to preserve the park and surrounding West Marin communities. I'm happy to hear the water scoopers above me in Inverness right now!

Point Reyes National Seashore Remains Closed
The park remains closed with an evacuation along Bear Valley Road of all homes and businesses, including the PRNSA office near the Morgan Horse Ranch. There are very few evacuation routes from West Marin so it is imperative that the roadways remain open for emergency vehicles and the evacuation of local residents. As several have asked, I'm happy to report the horses at Morgan Horse Ranch were moved to Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

For the most up to date information about the fire, including an interactive map, current evacuation warnings and orders, official incident command update, and recorded daily briefings, please visit the Point Reyes National Seashore fire update web page.

Attached is a new guide to managing through a wild fire from Congressman Jared Huffman. You can check air quality where you are by visiting the PurpleAir website.

Welcome Fire Team from Montana!
We welcome the Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team, the interagency team from Montana that is managing the fire response as of Sunday. They are working closely with community, county, and National Park Service personnel. The Incident Command Post is relocating to the San Geronimo Golf Course as the expanded team outgrew the current location at the Point Reyes National Seashore Visitor Center. The larger space will also help firefighters and support staff follow the social distancing guidelines amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Full fire suppression operations continue today using direct and indirect tactics to slow fire growth and help protect neighboring communities and residents and include the following resources:
  • 236 combined personnel
  • 7 crews
  • 19 engines
  • 5 helicopters
  • 2 water plane scoopers
PRNSA Operations
At this point, all of our classes and programs through the weekend are cancelled or postponed. We will be in touch about rescheduling these and future programs as things stabilize. We have no mail service and are working from home or our evacuation location, so you may experience delays in communication.

From the last report the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, home to many of our youth and adult programs, is still standing and we so appreciate the incredible efforts of the combined fire response team.
Take good care and thank you again for your kind wishes.

Donna Faure
Executive Director
Point Reyes National Seashore | (415) 663-1200 x 303 | |