Wildfires in Southern California


As of December 11, there are multiple active wildfires throughout southern California, primarily located in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The National Weather Service has warned of damaging wind gusts which have the potential to lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. The Governor of California has declared a State of Emergency for Ventura, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Barbara counties, and the President issued an emergency declaration for California. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations are in place for several areas within Ventura, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sanata Barbara counties; public health and emergency management partners have established shelters for evacuees.  The fires have caused power outages across Southern California and a boil water advisory is in effect for the City of Ventura, Upper Ojai Valley, Casitas Springs, and Foster Park areas. Several skilled nursing homes and intermediate care facilities have been evacuated. One healthcare facility was evacuated and later destroyed by the fires. Several schools in the impacted areas are closed. The Los Angeles County and Santa Barbara Health Departments have issued an air quality advisories due to smoke from the fires and N95 masks are being distributed in impacted areas (instructions for use can be found here.)

For more information on the location of the fires and containment efforts, visit http://www.fire.ca.gov/

Additional Information from Local Public Health Departments:

  • For more information on evacuations, shelters and school closures in Ventura County, visit http://www.readyventuracounty.org/
  • For more information on air quality advisories, safe clean up and on-going public health issues associated with the fires in LA County visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/
  • For more information on road and school closures, status of evacuation orders, and other emergency information related to the fires impacting San Diego county visit http://www.sdcountyemergency.com/
  • For more information on air quality advisory in Santa Barbara County, visit http://cosb.countyofsb.org/phd/

If you have any questions, please contact NACCHO’s Preparedness Team at preparedness@naccho.org.

This post was last updated on December 11, 2017 at 9:00 am. 

About Katie Dwyer

Katie Schemm Dwyer is a Director in NACCHO's Preparedness Division. Her work focuses on supporting local health departments strengthen public health preparedness systems through governance, coordination and liaison with federal preparedness organizations, policy, and program management.

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