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Despite near containment, weather conditions could increase Woodward Fire threat

The Woodward Fire at Point Reyes National Seashore in western Marin County is now 93 percent contained, the National Park Service said Sunday morning.

The fire has burned 4,800 acres since it was sparked by an afternoon lightning strike on Aug. 18.

Point Reyes National Park Service Crews work to control the Woodward Fire at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, Calif. on Aug. 29, 2020.

Point Reyes National Seashore remains closed to the public and the community is asked to stay away from the county’s coastal area to maximize access by fire personnel.

Officials are concerned about critical fire weather conditions and possible spread toward the Silver Hills community. An evacuation warning has been given for Silver Hills, Inverness Park and the National Park Service headquarters.

National Park Service The Woodward Fire in near Olema, Calif. in Marin County had burned more than 4,800 acres as of the morning of Sept. 6, 2020.

In a statement, the NPS said:

“If the potential fire growth beyond containment lines is realized, it will negatively affect private and public infrastructure, 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.”

Previous evacuation warnings were lifted for the communities of Drakes View, Inverness, Olema and Sea Haven.

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