Wildfire Resources Page

Friends,

Over the past week California has experienced a historic heat wave and lighting siege that has resulted in more than 500 new fires.  With wildfires raging throughout the state, and the 17th Senate District, I am extremely concerned for your safety and the safety of your family, friends and pets. 

For the most up-to-date information on where the fires are located, the direction the fires are headed and evacuation orders in your community, please visit the Cal Fire website or the Cal Fire Twitter Page.

Residents who need emergency housing or have lost homes may reach out to the American Red Cross 24 hour disaster dispatch help line at 1-866-272-2237. 

If you are unemployed as a result of the fires, you may be eligible to receive Disaster unemployment Assistance.  This program provides temporary benefits to people who, due to a major disaster, have lost or had their employment or self-employment interrupted.  Please visit the Employment Development Department to see if you or your family members qualify.

The California Department of Insurance provides assistance to victims of wildfires.  Please visit Department of Insurance- Wildfire Resources for more information.

If you have specific questions or concerns, please click here.  I hope you find the information below helpful during these trying times.

MONTEREY COUNTY (River Fire, Carmel Fire and Dolan Fire in Big Sur)

For the most up-to-date information, please visit Monterey County- Office of Emergency Services.

Monterey County is working in collaboration with the American Red Cross to offer an evacuation center and shelter is available for residents displaced by the fires.  The evacuation center is located at the Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca on Highway 68.  The 24-hour evacuation shelter is open at Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Road.

SPCA Monterey County is offering assistance with evacuating animals.  Call the SPCA for more information at 831-264-5455.

For residents needing assistance in finding accommodations due to the fires, contact the Red Cross at 866-272-2237 or call 211.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s office is hosting a public information line.  Please call 925-532-5455 for current evacuation orders and other public safety measures. 

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY (CZU Lightning Complex)

For the most up-to-date information, please visit Santa Cruz County- Fires Information and Resources.

Santa Cruz County is working in collaboration with the American Red Cross to offer evacuation centers available for residents displaced by the fires.  Pets are welcome under the control of the owner.  The evacuation centers are at the following locations:

Santa Cruz County Fairground, 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville

Santa Cruz County Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Seventh Day Adventist Camp Grounds, 1931 Soquel San Jose Road

Santa Cruz Animal Shelter is offering assistance with evacuating animals at 831-471-1182.  An evacuation site for livestock is located at the Watsonville County Fairgrounds.  Please call to confirm space is available.

For residents needing assistance in finding accommodations due to the fires, contact the Red Cross at 866-272-2237 or call 211.

For those in need of transportation to an evacuation center or another designated safe location, contact the Lift Line at 831-688-9663.

Cal Fire is hosting a public information line.  Please call 831-335-6717 for current evacuation orders and other public safety measures. 

Please stay vigilant on current fire conditions, and continue to adhere to emergency personnel instructions to protect you, your neighbors and first responders.  If you feel unsafe at any time, call 911. 

Thank you to the firefighters on the front lines working to protect our homes and communities.  I hope you and your loved ones stay safe during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

William W. Monning
Senator, 17th District