Deadly wildfires are burning across California and many are right here in the North part of the Bay Area.
Wednesday Morning Update from @CAL_FIRE:
Atlas Fire north and west of Napa is now 51,064 acres and 83% contained
Tubbs Fire between Calistoga & Santa Rosa is now 36,432 acres and 91% contained
Nuns Fire north and west of Glen Ellen is now 54,423 acres and 80% contained
Pocket Fire north of Geyserville is now 12,430 acres and 63% contained
Good news is that the firefighters are getting the upper hand on the fires, evacuations are being lifted in certain areas, roads are reopening, and power is expected to be restored to all customers by Monday evening, but sadly there have been at least 42 fire-related deaths which includes one firefighter.
The cause of the fires is still unknown.
Visit abc7news.com for up-date information.
In response to the wildfires, the American Red Cross is working alongside partners to provide shelter, food and comfort for people forced to leave their homes with little notice. Red Cross disaster workers are supporting evacuation centers where people can find safe refuge. Additional supplies and volunteers are being mobilized now.
The Red Cross is also providing meals, health services, comfort and other support for affected residents. As the fires continue to grow, thousands of additional cots, blankets, and emergency relief supplies are being mobilized now to support relief efforts. Volunteers from across the country are now traveling to California to support sheltering, feeding, logistics and planning efforts. The Red Cross is also working closely with government and community partners to coordinate relief efforts.
To help those affected by the wildfires, the American Red Cross has set up a Text to Give campaign which allows you to donate $10 when you text CAWILDFIRES to 90999.
If you or someone you know need the location of a shelter or other help, you can go to redcross.org and check the shelter map.
- People can also find a shelter by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. The Emergency App also puts wildfire safety tips at your fingertips. The app is available in the app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
Anyone who plans to stay in a Red Cross shelter should bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, other comfort items and important documents. Don’t forget to bring any special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, or for family members who have unique needs.
Find Loved Ones
Visit the Red Cross Safe and Well website at http://www.redcross.org/safeandwell to reconnect with loved ones.
- The site allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available, open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876.
You can also use the “I’m Safe” feature of the Red Cross Emergency App to let loved ones know your status.
Wildfire Safety Steps
The Red Cross urges everyone to follow evacuation orders from local law enforcement.
Don’t go home until fire officials say it is safe. Be cautious entering a burned area – hazards could still exist.
- Avoid damaged or downed power lines, poles and wires.
- Keep your animals under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn them.
- Wet down debris to minimize breathing dust particles.
- Wear leather gloves and shoes with heavy soles.
- Throw out any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
- Keep your indoor air clean – close windows and doors to prevent the smoke outside from getting in your home.
- Use the recycle mode on the air conditioner in your home or car. If you don’t have air conditioning and it’s too hot to be inside, seek shelter somewhere else.
- If smoke levels are high, don’t use anything that burns and adds to air pollution inside such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves.
Recheck for smoke or sparks throughout your home for several hours after the fire, including in your attic. Wildfire winds can blow burning embers anywhere so check for embers that could cause a fire.
We will update this page as more information becomes available.