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/