Evacuation Orders in Santa Clara Reduced to Warnings

From San Jose Fire Department:

The threat to San Jose due to the #SCULightningComplex fire is currently minimal. The line on the western side of the fire along our city border is well enforced. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and encourage residents to be ready for changing conditions and to follow CAL FIRE for ongoing updates.

CAL FIRE reduced Evacuation Orders in Santa Clara to Warnings at 4pm on Monday, August 24, 2020. To review the latest details on this incident including the revised Evacuation Warning for Santa Clara County, visit https://www.fire.ca.gov/inciden…/…/18/scu-lightning-complex/

Air Quality Warning

From County of Santa Clara Public Health Department:

The air quality for portions of Santa Clara County is currently in the Unhealthy and Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range, which is expected to continue through Tuesday. When air quality is unhealthy, everybody, especially people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, and teens, should avoid strenuous outdoor activities, keep outdoor activities short, or consider moving them indoors. Be sure to reduce activity level if you experience any unusual coughing, chest discomfort, wheezing, breathing difficulty, or unusual fatigue. Due to current fire conditions in the Bay Area, the air quality is subject to change – visit http://bit.ly/SCC-AirNow for updates.



This week, CAL FIRE issued Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings impacting large portions of Santa Cruz County and Eastern Santa Clara County.  More than 60,000 Santa Cruz County residents have been forced to evacuate.  For a map of the evacuation areas in Santa Clara County, visit here

For an evacuation map of Santa Cruz County see here.

Note: Residents living in areas under an Evacuation Order need to immediately move out of the area due to an imminent threat. Residents living in areas under an Evacuation Warning are advised of a potential threat to life and property and urged to prepare for evacuation, which may become necessary.  Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now if they live in an Evacuation Warning zone.

Limit Outdoor Activity with Unhealthy Air Quality

High temperatures and regional wildfires have produced unhealthy air quality in Santa Clara County. As we take precautions in light of air quality and fire, we must continue to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department urges those with health conditions who need to stay indoors because of the smoke to shelter at home, where they can be safe from both smoke and COVID-19.

When residents leave their homes, they should continue following all COVID-19 precautions, including wearing face coverings when in public.

The air quality varies across the county, and more information on conditions where you live are available at airnow.gov. County residents should avoid any strenuous outdoor activities until air quality improves, and should avoid being outdoors for an extended amount of time. 

 All County-run COVID-19 testing sites – both drop-in and appointment only – will remain open. Additional safeguards for patrons and staff are in place in light of the wildfires and heat.

Have a Plan Ready in the Event of Evacuation

Containment of the wildfires is still very limited at this point.  Dry thunderstorms are possible again late Saturday through Tuesday of next week, which bring the potential for the start of new fires. Residents are always encouraged to have an emergency plan in place during fire season. Visit the Santa Clara County Fire Department or the CalFire website for a ready, set, go plan. Have a plan and be ready to GO immediately in the event of an evacuation.

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Receive Emergency Alerts to Monitor Wildfires

Register to receive Santa Clara County emergency alerts at www.alertscc.com.

Register to receive CalFire Incident alerts at https://incidents.readyforwildfire.org/​

Spare the Air Alert until 8/26

From Mayor Sam Liccardo:

A Spare the Air alert will continue through Wednesday, 8/26 due to poor air quality caused by local wildfires. If possible, residents should stay indoors with the windows and doors closed to protect your health. If you must go outside, wear a mask. 

The expected weather conditions in the Bay Area for the rest of the week will likely cause the air quality to remain unhealthy. Precautions we can all consider include:
– Limiting outdoor activities
– Setting air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate (to prevent outside air from moving inside)
– Reducing exposure to smoky air by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed, if possible

View the latest air quality report (bit.ly/2Q5uwZV)

Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke

From the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department:

Temperatures are expected to be high through the weekend. It’s important to take care of yourself. Due to the potential for heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, everyone is encouraged to take precautionary measures:​

• ​ Drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun and in air conditioning, when possible.​

• ​ Avoid drinking alcohol and sugary drinks to help prevent dehydration.​

• ​ Ensure young children and pets are never left in vehicles under any circumstance. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures within minutes.​

• ​ Call 9-1-1 to assist someone who may be having a severe reaction to the heat.​

• ​ Check on neighbors via phone or email to see if they are okay​.