After a very difficult period of historic wildfires that forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of Bay Area residents from their homes, the last few days have brought some improved news. While substantial work remains, fire crews have made significant progress this week in containing the fires.
As of this morning, the SCU Lightning Complex fire (impacting Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Benito, Stanislaus, Merced, and San Joaquin counties) is now 40% contained after having burned 374,471 acres, making it the second largest fire in recorded California history. Within Santa Clara County, while some zones have had evacuation warnings lifted, other areas remain under orders. For an updated map of the evacuation order and warning zones, see here.
The County of Santa Clara still has one Temporary Evacuation Point open, located at the Milpitas Library (160 N. Main St, Milpitas, 95035). This Evacuation Point is for individuals and families who have been forced to evacuate their homes or are facing evacuation warnings. It is staffed by the County Social Services Agency and the American Red Cross to serve to assess the needs of individuals and families impacted by the evacuations to determine appropriate resources. Hours are 6am to 10pm. The phone number is (408) 364-7725.
The CZU (Santa Cruz Mountains) Lightning Complex Fire has burned 83,335 acres. As of this morning, the fire was 29% contained. Repopulation of residents evacuated will continue as conditions permit. For an updated evacuation map of the CZU Fire see here. Crews are working with residents to ensure safety and security while they re-enter their communities. Fire crews and emergency personnel are still working in the previously evacuated areas, so residents are encouraged to be careful as they return home.
The LNU Lightning Complex Fire, impacting Napa, Solano, Sonoma and several other counties, is now 41% contained after having burned 373,324 acres, making it the third largest fire in recorded California history. Repopulations continue to occur in many communities throughout this fire zone.
For more information and updates about the wildfires, visit here or follow the CAL FIRE SCU, CAL FIRE CZU, or CAL FIRE LNU twitter accounts.
Also visit the Town's Wildfire Preparedness Page here