Fire Safe San Mateo News

Wildfire Safety Blog and News from Fire Safe San Mateo.
Aug
24

INCIDENT UPDATE: CZU LIGHTNING COMPLEX, AUG 24, 2020, 7PM

Incident Website: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/

Evacuation Map: www.smco.community.zonehaven.com

Email Updates (sign up here): https://tinyurl.com/CZUlightning

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Aug
24

CZU Lightning Complex Fires perimeter map - August 24

CAL FIRE public information perimeter map - August 24, 2020

high resolution map, click here.

 

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Aug
24

Donations for CZU Lightning Complex Fire Evacuees and Animals - updated

To support our fellow community members, consider donating to:

Puente, which supports south coast families: https://mypuente.org

Coastside Hope, supports San Mateo County coastside residents: https://coastsidehope.org

ALAS (Ayudando Latinos A Soñar), supporting families, farmworkers, and youth of the coastside: https://www.alashmb.org

**note: goods are NOT being accepted at evacuation centers. Financial contributions are the highest need

 

Animals are in need too:

Woodside Community Foundation is focused on rasing funds for large animal rescue resulting from these fire. For more information call Rick DeBenedetti, (650) 303-2661. Online donations accepted here: Woodsidegiving.org

Peninusla Human Society is accepting donations of pet food, cat litter, newspapers at their Coyote Point Shelter. 12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo. and financial donation here: https://phs-spca.org

San Mateo County Large Animal Evacuation Group is also requesting help to feed displaced animals. (note: not tax deductable). https://smclaeg.org/

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Aug
24

INCIDENT UPDATE: CZU LIGHTNING COMPLEX, AUG 24, 2020, 7AM

Incident Website: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/

Evacuation Map: www.smco.community.zonehaven.com

Email Updates (sign up here): https://tinyurl.com/CZUlightning

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Aug
23

USPS mail service Impacts for south coast residents

Residents impacted by the CZU Lightning Complex fires are redirected to nearby locations for mail pic up

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Aug
23

INCIDENT UPDATE: CZU LIGHTNING COMPLEX, AUG 23, 2020, 7PM


Incident Website: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/

Evacuation Map: www.smco.community.zonehaven.com

Email Updates (sign up here): https://tinyurl.com/CZUlightning

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Aug
23

Smoke and Air Quality Maps

Available maps and data to help assess air quality resulting from fires

 

Actual image of smoke: NASA satellite image

Air quality (based on frequently updated measures of particulate matter): purpleair.com

Air quality from US EPA (includes a mix of high and low-cost sensor which measure particulate matter): Fire and Smoke Map

Spare the Air info and Air Quality Index maps through Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)

Air Quality Forecasts (table format) through BAAQMD and sign up for AirAlerts

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Air Quality Forecast Guidance (map format- change menu option to "surface smoke")

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Aug
23

INCIDENT UPDATE: CZU Lightning Complex, Aug 23, 2020, 7am

Incident Website: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/

Evacuation Map: www.smco.community.zonehaven.com

Email Updates (sign up here): https://tinyurl.com/CZUlightning

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Aug
22

INCIDENT UPDATE: CZU Lightning Complex, Aug 22, 2020, 7pm

Incident Website: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/

Evacuation Map: www.smco.community.zonehaven.com

Email Updates (sign up here): https://tinyurl.com/CZUlightning

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Aug
22

EVACUATION: ACT IMMEDIATELY

Evacuation website from CAL FIRE: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/go-evacuation-guide/evacuation-steps/

CAL FIRE evacuation guide: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/wp-content/uploads/calfire_go_brochure_LINOweb.pdf

When immediate evacuation is necessary, follow these steps as soon as possible to get ready to GO!

Evacuation What to Take and Do:

  1. Review your Evacuation Plan Checklist.
  2. Ensure your Emergency Supply Kit is in your vehicle.
  3. Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, cap, dry bandanna for face cover, goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is preferable.
  4. Locate your pets and take them with you.

When to Evacuate

Leave as soon as evacuation is recommended by fire officials to avoid being caught in fire, smoke or road congestion. Don’t wait to be ordered by authorities to leave. Evacuating the forest fire area early also helps firefighters keep roads clear of congestion, and lets them move more freely to do their job. In an intense wildfire, they will not have time to knock on every door. If you are advised to leave, don’t hesitate!

  • Officials will determine the areas to be evacuated and escape routes to use depending upon the fire’s location, behavior, winds, terrain, etc.
  • Law enforcement agencies are typically responsible for enforcing an evacuation order. Follow their directions promptly.
  • You will be advised of potential evacuations as early as possible. You must take the initiative to stay informed and aware. Listen to your radio/TV for announcements from law enforcement and emergency personnel.
  • You may be directed to temporary assembly areas to await transfer to a safe location.

Do not return to your home until fire officials determine it is safe. Notification that it is safe to return home will be given as soon as possible considering safety and accessibility.

When You Return Home:

  • Be alert for downed power lines and other hazards.
  • Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning gas on.
  • Check your residence carefully for hidden embers or smoldering fires.
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