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  • Alert Status: 
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    Thu, Aug 27, 5:49pm
    West Marin

    Returning Home Safety Tips: For customers, PG&E recommends the following safety tips for returning to homes and businesses in evacuation zones and burn areas.

    When local first responders give you the direction that you may return home, please take these steps to protect your family and home.

    If you see downed power lines, treat them as if they are “live” or energized. Keep yourself and others away and call 911, then notify PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

    If you smell the distinctive “rotten egg” odor of natural gas, leave the area and call 911 immediately, and then call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

    If you or someone else shut off gas service, DO NOT turn it on yourself. Contact PG&E or a qualified professional to perform a safety inspection before restoring gas service and relighting pilot lights.

    Check for damaged household electrical wiring. Turn off the power at the main electric switch if you suspect damage and consult an electrician.

    Make sure generators are properly installed by a licensed electrician. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger.

    Power Restoration Steps for Fire Impacted Areas:

    PG&E’s highest priority is helping first responders safely access impacted areas by clearing roadways of any electrical assets downed during these wildfire events. Additionally, PG&E crews remove damaged trees that pose a hazard to first responders including CAL FIRE, and public safety personnel/agencies. 

    PG&E continues work to restore power to parts of its electric system that are near fires, but that ultimately weren't affected. 

    Once CAL FIRE deems it safe to do so, PG&E crews will assess damage to its equipment and restore service in all areas. These steps include:

    Inspect - Crews will work to inspect damage to PG&E equipment.
    Repair - Where equipment damage is found, PG&E crews work to isolate the damaged area from the rest of the system so other parts of the system can be restored. 
    Restore - Once the poles, towers and lines are safe to energize, PG&E's Control Center can complete the process and restore power to affected areas. 
    Notify Customers - Customers are notified that power has been restored.

    For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.

    As tens of thousands of Californians begin recovery from hundreds of lightning-caused fires burning throughout the state, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges customers to follow important safety guidelines as they return to evacuation zones or burn areas.

    Since August 16, five major wildfires and more than a dozen smaller ones have burned more than 850,000 acres in PG&E’s service area in Northern and Central California. The lightning-sparked wildfires have burned more than 1,500 structures and impacted nearly 40,000 PG&E electric customers. 

    PG&E has safely restored power to approximately 30,000 customers. In the meantime, crews continue to work to restore power to the approximately 9,000 customers who still are without power. Most of those customers, as of early this afternoon, are located in fire zones where PG&E crews cannot enter until CAL FIRE provides access, indicating that the situation is safe for our workers.
     
    Below is a table showing the progress of customer outage restoration by fire zone areas. [omitting as this will change] Currently there are approximately 9,000 customers without power, with about 8,300 customers in areas that are not currently accessible. 

    ~posted per request Supervisor Rodoni, Aide Rhonda Kutter

     
     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Thu, Aug 27, 3:34pm
    West Marin

    AlertMarin & Nixle have different ways of reaching you & supplement each other. Register for both. Please continue reading the following explanation.

    AlertMarin relies on a “geocode," ie, a digital locater, that makes phone calls that may go wider than necessary (simplified explanation). Nixle can send a map and readable information to your computer or Iphone (email or text, depending on which device you use). Thus the overly wide alertmarin evacuation warning phone call a few days ago was clarified via a nixle simple map and accompanying description. So everyone should be signed up for both alertmarin and nixle. And, yes, some people report some problems with one or the other, so it's essential to sign up for both. If you are not a computer user, keep KWMR tuned in (90.5 PRS, 89.9 Bolinas, 92.3 SGV) 

    AlertMarin: Listed and unlisted/blocked Marin County landline phone numbers are already included in the emergency notification system. Cell phone and VoIP numbers are not included and will require your registration in our Self-Registration Portal. https://www.marinsheriff.org/services/emergency-services/alert-marin

    Nixlehttps://local.nixle.com/register/

    When do we [Sheriff's Office] use Alert Marin?

    When ACTION is needed at a SPECIFIC ADDRESS or NEIGHBORHOOD
    Imminent flooding, wildfires, and evacuations with life safety implications
    During-event information about evacuation routes, shelters, transportation
    Other public safety incidents where lives may be at risk

    When do we {Sheriff's Office] use Nixle?

    When INFORMATION is needed in a ZIP CODE
    Road closures, general updates, issues affecting larger areas
    Post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies
    Police activity and general public safety information

    ~posted by Lynn, pointreyesdisastercouncil.org

     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Thu, Aug 27, 2:56pm
    West Marin

    For live person info 8am-8pm:  415-851-9970 Woodward Fire info.

    Reposting FireSafe Marin's Wildfire Evac Checklist: https://www.firesafemarin.org/images/documents/resources/evac/FIRESafe_MARIN_Eva...

    More information at: https://www.pointreyesdisastercouncil.org/safety-information

     

     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Thu, Aug 27, 2:13pm
    West Marin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbUtlXjBbbc,  This includes references to the Woodward Fire.

  • Alert Status: 
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    Wed, Aug 26, 10:46am
    West Marin

    Check here each day. They start at 9:30 a.m. https://www.facebook.com/PointReyesNPS

  • Alert Status: 
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    Tue, Aug 25, 12:53pm
    Emergency

    Effective 8/25/2020 and until further notice, Coastal Health Alliance will not be providing in-person medical visits at the Point Reyes clinic and will be relying on tele-phonic visits for patient care. A medical provider will be available during normal business hours.

    Please call the CHA Call Center at 415.663.8666 to be scheduled or referred to a Registered Nurse for triage. If you are in need of an in-person visit, an RN will be able to help you set up an appointment elsewhere. 

    Due to the air quality from the Woodward Fire, COVID-19 walk-up testing is cancelled for Thursday, August 27.

  • Alert Status: 
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    Mon, Aug 24, 10:34am
    West Marin

     New important changes in information sources:  https://www.facebook.com/marincountyfire/videos/255911435585170/?__tn__=kCH-R-R&...  hrzgmuUz7IdymGqqS5rVxm3ChoLf2w2r4&__xts__[0]=68.ARCqgK7hkComxHgjcq8YPm1i94gDeyf7vJZRi24Dny4HnzcIBImWHJw70AZplX1rwObn0NL8EcQT4-4MO95_OratiZxZ0LkhZzGWHVw1M293Pn2xdXE0WotiRgVCaNVLALzR04zJeZYIFMD-v1kpj8La_qFQw_idPIRRhZZlge9ym-9OW_7SJWS1PaUiY7vOH_jbDEcF2XHLrcG3rS_hAanqsc78ffmRuSOBHbDwb3hKG4kpRd0glewZlQQjJwwg5387z0kf461I7La2EiMwMfbypAY3YwvxX5lbh1QvMWB6onGRgxf6gF07JV1-R7sEQRzslv03Tz9rxcLkj9jIJYR9QemxjUMxJYXP8V-2R9y6A3Lu42xWfI1RyHjIYE195c5SYveFPNKXrOh03-ub4HPaebvYeeFUwUh-dTahdrvnIMJ1Zj5xSsnaXHwxey2xC0iybXJ8ktsk_krqpQKgYbZXj0456lBqOz5znz6BCKGN

    Every 1/2 hr. info on KWMR radio.

     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Sun, Aug 23, 3:01pm
    West Marin

    FREE - Tuesday, Aug 25th 6pm to 7pm - more info at this link:
    https://www.firesafemarin.org/events/seminars-workshops/living-with-fire/webinar...
     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Sun, Aug 23, 10:34am
    County of Marin
  • Alert Status: 
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    Sat, Aug 22, 1:03pm
    Emergency

    Red Flag Warning

    SUNDAY, August 23, 5AM through TUESDAY, August 25, 5PM PDT

    Marin County Fire Chiefs Association

     

    For Immediate Release

     

    August 22, 2020

     

    Red Flag Warning In Effect for Marin County
    Warning in place until Monday Evening.

     

    Marin County, CA -- The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains and other parts of the Bay Area, which is in effect from 5 AM Sunday to 5 PM Monday.

    A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame for dry lightning and gusty, erratic outflow winds over existing wildfires.

    The affected area includes higher terrain areas of Marin, Napa, Sonoma counties. 

    The concerns of this weather system are that fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. The strongest thunderstorms are anticipated to develop Sunday evening through Monday morning. Additional isolated to scattered dry thunderstorms are forecast to develop over land from early Sunday to late Monday. Weaker isolated
    storms are possible off the coast as early as Saturday.

    Lightning will likely spark new fires across the region, including remote areas. Wildfires in remote regions may not become apparent until warmer and drier conditions allow them to grow. Erratic gusty outflow winds may result in dangerous and unpredictable fire behavior. 

    The following land use restrictions are in effect for the Marin Municipal Water District, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and The Point Reyes National Seashore during the Red Flag conditions.

    Mt. Tam will be under total closure.

    Roads north of Panoramic Highway are closed to motor vehicle traffic on Pantoll Road and Ridgecrest Boulevard.  All park use permits north of Panoramic Highway are suspended, including filming.

    Closures at Sky Oaks, Natalie Coffin Green Park (Ross), and Leo Cronin Parking Lot, all Marin Municipal Water District Land is under total closure.
    Point Reyes National Seashore (National Park Service) is under total closure.
    All open burning and burn permits are suspended on public lands. 

    Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution during the Red Flag Warning because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire, including the use of equipment and machinery as well as smoking. 

    We are aware of heavy smoke conditions throughout Marin County. Please only call 9-1-1 to report a suspected fire (e.g., see active flames), but not to report smoke.

     

    The Mount Tamalpais State Park information number is 415-388-2070.

    The Marin Municipal Water District information number is 415-945-1195.

    The Marin County Fire Information Hotline number is 415-473-7191.

     

    Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.  

    To register for emergency alerts, visit www.alertmarin.org. To learn more about preparing for wildfire, visit www.firesafemarin.org.

     

     

  • Alert Status: 
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    Fri, Aug 21, 4:33pm
    West Marin

    Due to the large number of wildfires & associated evacuations, webinar topic this month will be "Evacuations & Warnings: How to Survive a Wildfire."  Join Todd Lando, Battalion Chief/Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Specialist at Central Marin Fire Department, to learn how to prepare your family, and yourself, to survive and safely evacuate a wildfire. Our originally scheduled webinar "Community Organizing for Fire Preparedness" has been rescheduled for next month. When: August 25, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada).
    Join on Facebook live stream or via zoom here: https://firesafemarin.zoom.us/j/87382415962

  • Alert Status: 
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    Fri, Aug 21, 3:51pm
    West Marin

    Quick to review. Is also on, along with other information:  https://www.pointreyesdisastercouncil.org/safety-information

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