Fire officials in California ordered evacuations for Marin County residents as the Woodward Fire scorched 700 acres of remote land in Point Reyes National Seashore, a national park on the coastline, local media reported.
Several fires burned across California as record-breaking high temperatures met thousands of lightning strikes, according to reports.
Firefighters with the Marin County Fire Department (MCFD) battled a 700-acre, wind-strengthened wildfire burning in a remote part of Point Reyes National Seashore, officials said. This video shows the heavy smoke conditions from the fire on Tuesday. By 7.30 pm, the fire was estimated at 200 acres, but grew “exponentially” over the next hour due to 40 mph winds, officials said. As of 9 pm, the fire was zero percent contained.
The Woodward Fire prompted an evacuation warning for several West Marin residents west of Shoreline Highway (State Route 1).
In a Facebook post, the MCFD urged local residents to “gather medications, pets, and critical papers, and be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary.”
Officials from the National Park Service confirmed that several roads were closed as a result of the fire. Credit: Marin County Fire Department via Storyful