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Woodward Fire

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Point Reyes National Seashore
National Park Service
1 Bear Valley Rd. CA. 94956 Point Reyes Station California 94956
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

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The Woodward Fire, located in the Point Reyes National Seashore, started August 18th, 2020, around 2:27pm just south of the Woodward Trail, west of the Bear Valley Visitor Center in Olema, California and about one mile inland from Limantour Beach. The cause of the fire was determined to be lightning.
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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 18th, 2020 approx. 03:15 PM
Location3 Miles SW of Olema, CA
Incident CommanderGregory Jones Park FMO
Incident DescriptionA lightning strike initiated a wildfire within the Point Reyes National Seashore. The fire is being managed by a Type 4 Incident Management Team under a full suppression strategy.
Coordinates38.018 latitude, -122.839 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1
Size4,929 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Chaparral (6 feet)

Fire is burning in heavy coastal shrub, 4 to 8 feet tall and old growth mixed conifer coastal forest. Low fuel moisture values and historic maximum ERC contributed to active fire behavior. Fire is burning in area lacking recent fire history.

Significant Events





Planned Actions

Patrol status

Projected Incident Activity

There is still intermittent heat along the perimeter and isolated heat within the interior of the fire. The fire continues to smolder in heavy, dense fuels.

With a warming and drying trend as mentioned in the weather forecast, fire activity has increased slightly over the next few days. Fire is expected to remain within containment lines.


The fire still has interior heat that produce smokes that are visible from the surrounding communities. The fire is not expected to present significant control problems but if the fire reestablishes beyond containment lines, it would negatively affect private and public infrastructure, lead to evacuations of large swaths of residential areas, endangered species habitat, watersheds which provide salmon habitat, high value agricultural operations, communication sites of local and national importance, tourism opportunities, and associated economic impacts and job losses.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Seasonably cool temperatures with increased humidity

values will persist over the region through Saturday. A weakening

frontal boundary will push inland with the potential for light

rain over coastal and far northern portions of the North Bay on

Saturday. However, widespread wetting rains are unlikely. In wake

of the frontal passage, breezy onshore winds will develop late

Saturday into Sunday. A warming and drying trend is forecast for

next week with periods of offshore winds developing as early as

Sunday night into Monday morning.