Due to high fire danger, the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed is closed until sunrise tomorrow morning, May 2. [Update: The closure has been extended until noon, May 2.] The National Weather Service forecast calls for dry, hot, windy conditions, which can contribute to the ignition and rapid spread of wildfire. Our first Red Flag day comes extraordinarily early this year due to a record dry spring.
In fire weather, one of the species that causes particular concern on the watershed is highly invasive French broom. This weed grows densely and spreads rapidly, choking out native species, invading fuel breaks and fire roads, and creating a flammable understory. MMWD is working to control the spread of broom on water district lands to reduce fire hazards and protect the unique biodiversity of the watershed.
Read more about broom in the current issue of the National Park Service’s Fire and Fuels News.