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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.
Updates: The Woodward Fire is being managed by the Great Basin Type 3, Team 4. For the latest information click the News tab or visit our social media channels:
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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 CommanderErik Newell, ICT3, Great Basin Nevada Type 3 Team 4
Incident DescriptionA Lightning Strike Initiated A Wildfire Within The Point Reyes National Seashore. The Fire Is Being Managed By A Type 3, Great Basin Incident Management Team Under A Full Suppression Strategy.
Coordinates38.018 latitude, -122.839 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel62
Size4,929 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained97%
Estimated Containment DateFriday September 25th, 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

Continue holding an mop up. Hazard tree removal.

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.


Additional acreage is due to more accurate mapping. Type 3 Team's last shift is 9/18 and the incident will transition to a Type 4 organization on 9/19/20. The fire still has substantial heat and interior 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

Today's Forecast: An upper level trough of low pressure over the Pacific will approach the coast of Oregon and Northern California. This trough is expected to bring increasing onshore flow promoting a deeper marine layer. Little or no meaningful moisture is expected with the actual passage of the trough, but the deeper marine layer will favor drizzle, especially along the coastal ridge crest (Inverness Ridge). Temperatures are expected to trend cooler for a few days associated with the upper trough, in addition to the higher humidity and breezy west to northwest winds.