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Marin County, CA Fire Department
Wednesday October 25th, 2023 :: 11:43 a.m. PDT


MCFD Advisory: Proscribed burn in Audubon Canyon Ranch Wed & Thurs near Stinson Beach 10AM-4:30PM

MCFD Advisory: Proscribed burn in Audubon Canyon Ranch Wed & Thurs near Stinson Beach 10AM-4:30PM

There is a prescribed burn at the Martin Griffin Preserve near Stinson Beach on Wednesday (today) and Thursday, October 25–26 as part of an ongoing effort to restore native coastal prairie and create defensible space along the Bourne Ridge fire road. Residents and travelers in the Bolinas, Stinson, Bolinas-Fairfax Ridge area will see active fire on west-facing hillsides above the Bolinas Lagoon due to the grass and coyote brush being burned.

Martin Griffin Preserve is in West Marin near Stinson Beach, on the east side of Shoreline Hwy 1. The anticipated time for the controlled burn is 10 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. each day. Audubon Canyon Ranch staff will monitor the site throughout the night.
**Smoke and Traffic Advisory**

The prescribed burn activities will commence as early as 10 a.m. each day and conclude around 4:30 p.m. There may be smoke in the air for approximately 7 hours. Martin Griffin Preserve’s property includes frontage along Shoreline Highway 1. Travelers in the Stinson Beach and Bolinas area will see smoke in the air, fire on the ridge, or experience slowing traffic. This is a permitted burn event; do not call 911.
Reducing exposure to prescribed fire smoke Children, older adults, and those with respiratory conditions should consider limiting outdoor activities and using an air filter at home if local air quality is poor. Learn when and where prescribed fires are happening by downloading the Watch Duty notification app and connecting on social media at @fire.forward and @auduboncanyonranch.

Reducing fuels and building ecosystem resilience on the Bourne Ridge

The ecosystem of the Bourne Ridge has changed rapidly in recent history, converting from a coastal prairie to a coyote brush-dominated shrubfield with interspersed young Douglas fir. This prescribed burn is being done to restore and conserve coastal prairie — one of North America’s most diverse and threatened grassland habitats — and to restore firefighter access to the Bourne Fire Road along the ridge.
This work will promote structural and native species diversity, reduce future fire intensity along the fire road, and help to restore access to the fire road for future use. This work builds on previous controlled burns and thinning work done since 2019.

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Marin County, CA Fire Department
33 Castle Rock Ave
Woodacre, CA 94973

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Non-emergencies: 415-473-7191

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