A small fire that likely started from a lightning strike in the forested area southeast of Limantour Beach exploded to 700 acres on Tuesday after strong winds picked up in the evening. Many residents fled Bolinas after the county issued an evacuation warning.   David Briggs

Sparked by lightning, a fire burned more than 1,100 acres of dense forest in the Point Reyes National Seashore this week, threatening the towns of Bolinas and Olema and sending clouds of grey smoke across the region.

Firefighters struggled to access the blaze because of its remote location, and air support was unavailable because resources were . . .

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