This page collects links to resources for the people in Santa Clara County in particular -- but many of these links can guide people in other parts of California to needed resources.
Everyone should sign up for emergency alerts by phone (cell or landline), email, or other mobile device, if possible. Here are details for Santa Clara County emergency alerts:
For up-to-date information on wildfires across California, see:
For explanation of red flag & fire weather warnings, and how to avoid sparking wildfires, see:
On September 27, 2020 the Class Fire ignited, and is currently growing in Napa and Sonoma counties. Evacuation warnings and orders have been announced for the cities of Calistoga and Santa Rosa, and for other areas in those counties. Smoke from those areas is affecting the air quality in the Bay Area counties.
Storms overnight August 16-17, 2020 saw literally thousands of lightning strikes throughout the Bay Area region and Northern California. By August 18 sparks from those strikes had ignited over 360 wildfires. Some collected to form major threats in the region:
Smoke and particles in the air can cause serious health problems to both people and pets, and unfortunately just smelling smoke isn't enough to tell whether breathing outside air is dangerous. Here are links to air quality tracking and advisory websites:
Different methods used to calculate air quality give us different numbers, and it can be confusing. This article helps to explain why - and suggests how to find the best resource for your location.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Office advises people who are most at-risk from poor air quality (older adults, pregnant women, children, and people with chronic respiratory and heart conditions) to:
As of September 8, 2020, evacuations for the CZU and SCU have been lifted. That doesn't mean that all is back to normal for the people and places affected by these fires.The emergency hotline is still io operation for people ordered to evacuate from locations in Santa Clara County : 408-808-7778.
People who need help can also contact
In Santa Clara County:
In San Mateo County:
These nonprofit organizations are pooling funds and donations for fire relief:
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