As Hurricane Florence looks set to inflict serious damage on the Carolinas, fire season remains dangerous and unpredictable in California. On Monday night, a southeastern section of 2,882-acre Samuel P. Taylor State Park was the site of a fire that led to evacuations and quickly spread to 152 acres and threatened up to 150 structures.
Dubbed the Irving Fire, it’s currently 65 percent contained. (This is up from 115 acres and 45 percent containment as of yesterday.) Evacuation orders have been lifted and all roads are open, although Marin County estimates that high winds will require firefighters to continue battling the blaze through at least tomorrow, and PG&E might need until tonight to restore power. A downed power line was the culprit around 7 p.m. on Monday night.
— Marin County Fire (@marincountyfire) September 11, 2018
The park and it campgrounds remained open, and no structures inside were threatened, but the fire road to Barnabe Peak was closed and there were “intermittent power outages.” Home to Lagunitas Creek and redwood groves, Samuel P. Taylor Park is a gorgeous, popular hiking spot. So although we should be glad that the fire looks to be short-lived and no lives have been lost, a burn scarring the area would be a real shame.
And we can also be thankful that it didn’t result in a real-life fake sharknado, as Rush Limbaugh claimed about Hurricane Florence.
UPDATE: As of 2:00 p.m., the Irving Fire is 80 percent contained. Emergency officials took no further action on evacuation orders.