Smoky Air Closes Alcatraz And Other Visitor Attractions Throughout The Bay Area

November 17, 2018 10:25 am · 8 comments

Alcatraz and other major visitor attractions in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area are closed this weekend due to unhealthy air, the National Park Service said today.

“We hesitate to suspend any visitor operations but feel that this is the best way to provide for the safety and well-being of our staff and visitors during this difficult week,” said Charlie Strickfaden, spokesman for the Golden Gate recreation area.

Visitor facilities closed through Sunday in San Francisco are Crissy Field Warming Hut, Alcatraz Island, Fort Point National Historic Site, Lands End Lookout and the Golden Gate Bridge welcome center and cafe. No access will be available to Alcatraz Island.

The Presidio Visitor Center will remain open through the weekend, officials said.

In Marin County, the sites closed are Muir Woods National Monument Visitor Center and concessions; Marin Headlands Visitor Center; and Point Bonita Lighthouse.

Volunteer programs, outdoor walks and education programs are also suspended. Park officials will reevaluate park operations as conditions change.

photo credit: Marc Stokes

S November 17, 2018 at 10:45 AM

the ponies aren’t running today at GGF! The travesty of it all.

Nunya November 17, 2018 at 11:01 AM

maybe get moonbeam to follow cal fires recommendations too, huh?

Shoulda Coulda November 17, 2018 at 1:11 PM

It was much easier to explain the situation
with “The New Abnormal” than actually do
anything to prevent or lessen the impact of
the fires. When a reporter recently asked
Jerry why nothing was done in advance
of the fires he replied “Are you serious?”
Ask the people of Paradise if they are serious
about the lack of action by the politicians.

NoneYO November 17, 2018 at 3:57 PM

Maybe PG&E should follow a maintenance plan instead of cutting costs then raising rates when they are sued.

Rollo Tomasi November 17, 2018 at 7:59 PM

Maybe the investigation should be finished before any lawsuits are filed.

MattfromConcord November 17, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Looks like the Hornblower cruises are still running.

Leah Armentor November 18, 2018 at 9:06 PM

This really sucks for those of us who traveled by car 2500 miles to be able to check these San Francisco attractions off our bucket list. As retired folks this was a once in a lifetime trip. San Francisco has stopped the cable cars, Muir Woods has suspended operations as well as Alcatraz is closed. Tourist are wearing mask….employees should also…..and honor the commitments they made to tourist visiting this city. I will never come back here. Horrible experience.

Cowellian November 18, 2018 at 9:31 PM

Yeah, Leah, it’s all about you! Next time, plan your vacation when California isn’t burning

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