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Red Flag Warning and Public Safety Power Shutoff for Marin County

Latest information regarding the red flag warning and Public Safety Power Shutoff in Marin County

The County of Marin is working with local jurisdictions to prepare for a planned shutoff of PG&E power to areas of Marin County because of extreme weather and wildfire conditions.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has notified the Marin County Office of Emergency Services that Marin County is under a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) “Warning Alert” in response to dry conditions, widespread strong and gusty winds, and a Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay mountains and other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area from 4 p.m. Sunday, October 25th, to 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 27th.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected during this time frame for strong wind gusts and hot, dry conditions. The affected area include all of Marin County and surrounding bay area counties. The concerns of the weather system are that wildfires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Erratic gusty outflow winds may result in dangerous and unpredictable fire behavior. 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.

All National Park Service beaches in Marin will remain open, but the following land-use restrictions will be in effect for the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD), Mount Tamalpais State Park, and Marin County Open Space District preserves during the Red Flag conditions.

  • MMWD closures at Sky Oaks, Natalie Coffin Green Park (Ross), Leo Cronin Parking Lot,
  • Mount Vision Road in Inverness
  • Closure of Fairfax Bolinas Road
  • All open burning and burn permits are suspended on public lands
  • Closures of Mount Tamalpais State Park; 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.

Helpful phone numbers:

  • Mount Tamalpais State Park, (415) 388-2070
  • Marin Municipal Water District, (415) 945-1195
  • Marin County Fire Information Hotline, (415) 473-7191

 Defensible space is essential to improve a 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.

The PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff warning is anticipated to affect more than approximately 15,000 customers for the afternoon of Sunday, October 25 through Tuesday, October 27. The latest information furnished to us by PG&E indicates the following communities will be impacted

 

Location

Number of Customers Losing Power

Bolinas

5

Fairfax

3927

Forest Knolls

401

Kentfield

666

Lagunitas

274

Mill Valley

5560

Muir Beach

178

Nicasio

322

Novato

1

Olema

15

Point Reyes Station

6

Ross

605

San Anselmo

1956

San Geronimo

263

San Rafael

8

Sausalito

164

Stinson Beach

822

Woodacre

627

Total

15,785

 

To check your address and see if you are effected, please visit PG&E’s address lookup tool.

PG&E is monitoring weather patterns and said it will provide updates to customers and the County of Marin as additional information is available.  Residents and businesses can access updated PSPS information from PG&E online at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is putting into motion its Electrical System De-energization Response Plan. Additionally, it is coordinating with nearby response partners in monitoring the power situation at Marin’s Emergency Operations Center. Fire agencies in Marin, including the Marin County Fire Department, have increased staffing resources during the heightened threat.

All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and (800) 743-5002. Residents should only call 9-1-1 if experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.

Neighbors are encouraged to check on other neighbors-- especially older adults, individuals with disabilities, or individuals dependent on powered medical equipment-- to ensure they are aware of and prepared for a potential power outage.

Emergency Management officials remind residents and visitors that it is important to have a plan to adjust daily routines to one without PG&E power. FEMA recommends the following steps:

Stay informed

  • Sign-up for PSPS Zip Code Alerts by texting ENROLL to 97633 or by calling 1-877-9000-PGE.
  • Update contact information with PG&E at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589.
  • Sign up to receive safety information on Nixle.com by texting your ZIP code to 888-777.
  • Sign up for AlertMarin notifications to receive information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing.
  • Watch for wireless emergency alerts if evacuations are ordered, intended to reach all cell phones in the area.

Review plans

  • Take inventory and ensure an appropriate supply of food, water, clothing, flashlights, flashlight batteries, and a battery powered or hand crank radio.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged.
  • Have some cash available in case retail point-of-sale devices are unable to accept credit cards during an outage.
  • Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates.
  • Talk to a medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Take stock of batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Ensure your refrigerator and freezer have a thermometer: during an outage, you should avoid eating and dispose of perishable food if the appliance thermometer reaches 40 degrees or higher for extended periods of time.
  • Ensure your household is ready for a wildfire or evacuation event:
    • Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked.
    • Keep vehicles fueled and ready in case of an evacuation.
    • Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation: People/Pets; Prescriptions; Papers; Personal Needs; Priceless Items.
  • For more information, including what to do during a power outage, visit www.readymarin.orgwww.ready.gov, or watch PG&E’s “Preparing for Public Safety Shutoffs” video.
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