Firefighters and CALFIRE Stations from across the state are assembling to fight an incredible number of fires under awful wind conditions. We have gathered information to help impacted families keep track of resources, shelter, and local conditions, please see the links below:
Information on individual fires, including evacuation orders and shelter locations can be found on the CALFIRE State map HERE
The State Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has put together an information page to assist residents with resources and shelters HERE
Alerts are available from your emergency jurisdictions by email and text by signing up through Nixle HERE
Social Media has also been a source of information. Local maps, road closures, and shelter information can be tracked by following the Solano County Sheriff Office, Napa County Sheriff Office, Sonoma County Sheriff Office, and local news sources such as Lake Berryessa News Facebook pages.
Many jurisdictions have also linked a topographical map with fire information overlays to help people visualize the area impacted and make emergency planning decisions. Due to a large user volume, it may take a few minutes for the map to load. Map Link
Road closures and maps can be accessed through CalTrans HERE
Keep track of weather conditions that may impact your area HERE
While large animal shelter information appears on many of the above pages, people may struggle with finding information regarding small animal shelters. In Solano County (across Putah Creek in Yolo County) Monticello Vet has offered assistance for locating a safe space for small animals. Their contact information can be found HERE
In case of an emergency, notifications will take place across a wide variety of mediums including:
– Activation of the Emergency Alert System (typically heard over radio and television)
– Reverse 911 (activated by Public Safety Dispatchers, in Yolo County the system would be activated by members of the Yolo Emergency Communications Agency, and is heard over phone lines.)
– Everbridge/Nixle Alerts (activated by public safety jurisdictions and Offices of Emgergency Service, this service can be customized within a geographic location. Subscribers can also choose to be notified by text, email, or a combination of means. These alerts are typically heard over cell phones.)
– Social Media (activated by public safety jurisdictions. Subscribers should be sure to follow official pages such as City, Police, Sheriff, and Fire Departments.)
– In person (activated by public safety jurisdictions, fire and law enforcement officers will drive areas with information over a PA or go door to door.)
Please remember fire is unpredictable and the time frame between an advisory and a mandatory evacuation can change quickly depending on the directions of the fire, fuel being consumed by the fire, weather conditions, and/or if access to the community is compromised. What is the difference between an advisory and a mandatory evacuation?
– Advisory Evacuations indicate a fire has the potential to threaten an area in the near future. Residents in these areas should have a bag packed with important papers, medications, pet supplies, and necessities.
-Mandatory Evacuations indicate a fire is directly threatening a community and residents are in danger. Residents in these areas need to leave immediately for their own safety.
Charitable contributions can be made to a wide range of organizations. Be sure to check the charity through services such as Charity Watch or Charity Navigator to verify the charity and to make sure your contribution goes where you want it to.
As firefighting efforts are completed and the region begins to recover, it is important for families returning to their residences to take safety precautions. Heavy duty gloves, respirators, and clothing covers are all important materials to bring. Additionally visit pages such as Wildfire Recovery HERE and Disaster Assistance HERE for information about the recovery process.
On a further note, our partners at The Winters Fire Department have sent a strike team to Butte County to assist with firefighting efforts and will continue to assist communities impacted by these events. Fire Departments from all over the United States and Australia have come together through mutual aid agreements to lend their expertise and equipment in fighting the fires that have sprung up through out California.
In addition to Yolo and Solano County, Yolo Solano Crisis Intervention Team Chaplain Duvall and K-9 Kepi also work with CALFIRE and are currently deployed where they are needed to bring comfort to those who have been evacuated and first responders.