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.
Updates: The Woodward Fire is being managed a type four Incident Command from Yosemite National Park. For the latest information click the News tab or visit our social media channels:
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|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday August 18th, 2020 approx. 03:15 PM|
|Location||3 Miles SW of Olema, CA|
|Incident Commander||Gregory Jones Park FMO|
|Incident Description||A 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.|
|Coordinates||38.018 latitude, -122.839 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
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.
|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.
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.