Tips & Trends - CZU August Lightning Complex Fire
Santa Clara County Fire is closely monitoring the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire that is burning in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. No evacuation orders have been issued for Saratoga. However, residents should register for emergency alerts at alertscc.com, monitor the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire at twitter.com/calfireczu, and prepare for the possibility of an evacuation order. For tips on preparing for evacuations, visit www.sccfd.org/rsg
Those impacted by an evacuation will be notified as early as possible, but it is important to proactively monitor conditions if you are near a wildfire or other disaster area. Sign up for emergency alerts, including evacuation orders, at alertscc.com, monitor the news on local radio and television stations, and keep an eye on social media.
If you are asked to evacuate, immediately follow instructions provided to safely leave the area. Information about where to evacuate to will be communicated in the evacuation order or by law enforcement officers managing the evacuation process. The City has identified several locations in its emergency plans as potential evacuation centers. During an actual evacuation, you will be directed to the best location based on the emergency conditions.
Residents should also take steps to prepare for an evacuation in advance of an emergency. Visit the Santa Clara County Fire website for a detailed list of tips for preparing to evacuation and what to do during an evacuation.A few key recommendations are below.
Before an Evacuation:
- Identify a meeting location for your family outside of the fire area.
- Consider the route you will use to leave your home, if needed.
- Come up with a plan for pets or large animals, like horses.
- Pack an evacuation kit with important papers and documents, phone numbers, prescriptions and everyday medications, eyeglasses, irreplaceable memorabilia, personal computers, credit/debit cards, and cash.
During an Evacuation:
- Closely monitor conditions. Sign up for AlertSCC emergency notifications, monitor social media, and listen to your radio/television for evacuation announcements.
- Leave as soon as an evacuation order is recommended by officials.
- Local law enforcement will be present to manage the evacuation.
- You may be instructed to take certain routes, head in a specific direction, gather at a temporary assembly area to wait to be transferred to another safe location, or directed to an evacuation center in the order or by law enforcement. Follow all prompts.
- Locate your family and pets, and take them with you when evacuating.
- Wear long pants, long sleeves, heavy shoes, a dry bandana or other face cover, and goggles or glasses to protect against heat and flying embers.
- Grab your evacuation kit before leaving home.
- Meet family and loved ones at agreed upon meeting location.
Defensible Space Checklist
Get ready for wildfire season by removing wildfire fuels around your home and creating defensible space to serve as a buffer to slow or stop the spread of wildfire. Follow this checklist to help minimize wildfire threat:
Zone 1 (within 5 feet of your home)
- Clean gutters of dead leaves, debris, and pine needles
- Move any flammable material away
- Block off areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent accumulating debris
Zone 2 (5 to 30 feet from your home)
- Remove all dead plants, grass, and weeds
- Trim trees regularly to keep branches a minimum of 10 feet from structures and other trees
- Remove branches that hang over your roof
Zone 3 (30 to 100 feet from your home)
- Mow lawn down to a maximum height of 4 inches
- Trim shrubs and trees so branches are off the ground and not touching other plants
- Ensure your home can be easily accessed by emergency responders
For more information on how to harden your home and create defensible space, visit the Santa Clara County Fire Department website.