Where to Get Updated Fire Information

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Dear Neighbors.

Please don’t panic.

We’ve been here before.    If you’re glued to your phones reading updates and looking at pictures…you’re probably nervous.  Getting more anxious as each post updates.  Please let me caution you.  Everything you read about these fires IS NOT ACCURATE.   Inaccurate information is fueling anxiety.  And it’s making things worse.   Let me urge you to go DIRECTLY to the local officials who are handling the fires across Southern California.  They have been trained very well.  They know what they are doing.

I’ve gathered a list of resources for you. I will update the list as more agencies release their details.   Please don’t get your details from random Facebook groups.  These groups have great intentions but the comments are overly sensationalized and often riddled with inaccurate information.  

If you’ve never used twitter before…now is the time to start.   This is where local agencies can disseminate information quickly. This is where most agencies will update evacuation maps and road closures.

Please don’t share information unless it’s been confirmed by local agencies.

City of Santa Clarita (#RyeFire &  #HasleyCanyon #Castaic CommerceCenter area )

Unincorporated County Areas (Castaic, Val Verde, Stevenson Ranch)

  • Sign up for Emergency Alerts (by Phone/Text):  Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification system that will be used to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency.  The system, called Alert LA County, will be used by the County’s Emergency Operations Center to notify residents and businesses of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations.  Sign up here.
  • Email Updates About Fire and Sheriff Activity:  Sign up here.
  • Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff on Twitter:  @SCVSheriff
  • LAFD on Twitter: @LAFD

Los Angeles County Fire Department

Ventura County (#ThomasFire)

  • Visit the ReadyVenturaCounty.org to get updated evac maps or call the incident command hotline at 805-465-6650.  The fast moving brush fire started north of Santa Paula has burned into City limits of Ventura.
  • Ventura County Fire on Twitter:  @VCFD

Taken from the From the LA County Department “Ready, Set, Go” Website:

If a wildfire threatens your neighborhood, act immediately. Back your vehicle into the driveway with the hood (front) facing the street. Next, roll up the windows, and load your vehicle with everything you want to take with you. Make certain your valuables are either in your vehicle, or are safety stored in a (fireproof) safe.

Remove flammable materials from around your house. This includes patio furniture, firewood, decorations and anything else that could catch fire. Then monitor the news, your fire department’s website, and MySafe:LA for information regarding the fire.