Update from Kate - Marin County Has Opened Up Temporary Shelter

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The County of Marin is actively assisting Sonoma and Napa counties by sending our own first responders and opening a shelter here in San Rafael. No areas of Marin County were under evacuation orders.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office has opened a temporary evacuation center at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, in San Rafael. The temporary center serves as an overflow location for Sonoma and Napa fire evacuees, with capacity up to 2,000 people, but has no cots or sleeping quarters available.

Marin County residents are urged to stay off roads and highways as much as possible to help first-responders get to destinations where help is needed.

As a result of winds near the fires, air quality is poor all over the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory[External PDF] due to heavy smoke from the fires. The air district is advising residents impacted by wild fire smoke to take the following precautions:
  • Reduce exposure to smoky air by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed, if possible and if safe. 
• Limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure if you smell smoke.
• Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside.
• Stay tuned to local media for changes in smoke or weather conditions.

For information on Napa and Sonoma Fire evacuation centers, call 2-1-1.  For road closure information call 2-1-1, or visit Caltrans website map at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov