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The Palo Alto Fire Department urges the community to dial 9–1–1 if you see fire in your area. We understand that smoke can be heavy at times, this is due to smoke from fires outside of Palo Alto. Please do not call 9–1–1 due to poor air quality.

With several different fire incidents occurring regionally, it may be difficult to know where to find fire-related details. Our provides online resources to track fire information, sign up for emergency alerts, and shares tips and other safety information.

This blog post provides specific fire updates as details become available and will be updated as information is reported to us. Check back as regular updates will be added.

FIRE STATUS

(Updates by date, as information is available)

AUGUST 31, 2020- 2 P.M.: Containment for the SCU Lightning Complex and the CZU Lightning Complex fires is progressing, and damage assessments are underway on both fires. The threat to Palo Alto is very low at this point, and we don’t expect to see significant impacts from these fires in our area, except for perhaps continued poor air quality. Air quality can be monitored

Palo Alto Fire continues to monitor weather and fire activity. Please Note: There are currently no evacuation orders or evacuation warnings in effect for Palo Alto or the Palo Alto foothills area. However, we continue to urge Palo Alto hills residents to always plan ahead by preparing so that you are ready to go, if you need to evacuate. For tips and other resources go to our dedicated webpage at

City Services
Foothills Park and Arastradero Preserve have reopened. Updates on our parks and open space can be found .

We will monitor the weather and air quality and if necessary will reopen the Cooling Center located at Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto.

For additional online resources and ways to stay informed go to the City’s dedicated webpage at

Regional Fire Strike Team Status

Palo Alto Engine 365 and Engine 65 have been part of the strike teams working the and fires respectively. Engine 65 also was assigned to the in Napa County. Both teams were demobilized and have returned home to Palo Alto today.

Cal Fire Wildfire Highlights:

SCU Lightning Complex Fire, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties
*383,157acres, 60% contained

CZU August Lightning Fire, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties
*84,640 acres, 39% contained

For additional online resources and ways to stay informed go to the City’s dedicated webpage at

AUGUST 27, 2020- 2 P.M.: Based on the containment progress of the lightning fires, mild weather and improved air quality, we will transition this blog from daily fire status reports to instead providing updates as needed, when new, pertinent fire information demands. There are no active wildfires in Palo Alto and the CZU Lightning Complex fire has not advanced north towards the Palo Alto border.

Palo Alto Fire continues to monitor weather and fire activity. Fire Station 8 is staffed based on the weather forecast and fire’s progression. Fire crews are monitoring the fire throughout the day. Palo Alto’s Office of Emergency Services continues to coordinate with Santa Clara County Emergency Operations and Palo Alto Police officers are roving Palo Alto hills neighborhoods west of I-280 and are spot checking the area in the evening.

The National Weather Service reports warmer temperatures in the higher elevations today and winds from 15–20 mph through mountain passes. Air quality continues to range throughout the day from “good” to “unhealthy”, with conditions in Palo Alto over the last 24 hours favorable. This weekend air quality is expected to be moderate and can be monitored

Low overnight winds, increased humidity and effective firing operations helped firefighters hold and bolster containment lines on the . An infrastructure group is working to open roads, mitigate hazard trees and restore utilities. Re-population of residents affected by evacuations will continue as conditions permit. There are approximately 74,000 residents evacuated.

Firefighters have been able to contain the east boundary of the near San Jose. There will be a controlled burn over the next 3–4 days in the southern area of Henry Coe State Park.

Please Note: There are currently no evacuation orders in effect for Palo Alto or the Palo Alto hills. However, we continue to urge Palo Alto hills residents to always plan ahead by preparing now so that you are ready to go, if you need to evacuate. For tips and other resources go to our dedicated webpage at

Cal Fire Wildfire Highlights

SCU Lightning Complex Fire, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties
*368,671 acres, 35% contained

CZU August Lightning Fire, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties
*81,333 acres, 21% contained

Regional Fire Strike Team Status

· Palo Alto Engine 365 is working the and today makes of a team burning 12 miles of fire perimenter and 30k acres of fire

· Engine 65 is assigned to the in Napa County

City Service Impacts

· Due to the possibility of continued poor air quality from the regional fires, Mitchell Park Community Center El Palo Alto Room, Cooling Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, August 28 for community members who need a refuge from the smoke that is expected to continue.

· Library Sidewalk Services reopened again today but is being assessed daily due depending on the air quality. Find updates on the library services .
· Rinconada Pool is open today as well. Get the pool schedule updates .

· Foothills Park and Arastradero Preserve remain closed. Get updates .

For additional online resources and ways to stay informed go to the City’s dedicated webpage at

AUGUST 26, 2020- 2 P.M.: There are no active wildfires in Palo Alto and the CZU Lightning Complex fire has not advanced north towards the Palo Alto border, which yesterday allowed CAL FIRE to lift the evacuation warning that was put place for the Palo Alto hills. Today, it was reported that the control zones closest to the border of Palo Alto are now in mop up status. Mop up status means that the fire in the referenced area is knocked down and the burned area is evaluated by fire crews to make sure that all fires and embers are extinguished.

The National Weather Service reports temperatures will be higher from today through the remainder of the week, ranging from mid-80s to mid-90s in the fire areas. Unhealthy air quality is forecasted through at least Friday, and can be monitored

Palo Alto Fire continues to monitor weather and fire activity. Fire Station 8 is staffed based on the weather forecast and fire’s progression. Fire crews are monitoring the fire throughout the day. Palo Alto’s Office of Emergency Services continues to coordinate with Santa Clara County Emergency Operations and Palo Alto Police officers are roving Palo Alto hills neighborhoods west of I-280 and are spot checking the area in the evening.

Firefighters worked aggressively overnight to build containment lines and bolster perimeter control on the . The fire continues to actively burn above the marine layer in the heavy timber and thick undergrowth. An infrastructure group will be working to open roads, mitigate hazard trees and restore utilities.

Containment for the increased to 25%. Fire activity has lessened due to favorable weather conditions and increased humidity across the complex. During the evening fire crews held the existing control line around the fire perimeter to both reinforce and add new containment lines. When weather and conditions are favorable there will be a controlled burn operation inside the control line.

Please Note: There are currently no evacuation orders in effect for Palo Alto or the Palo Alto hills. While we are seeing positive containment strategies of the wildfires, we continue to urge Palo Alto hills residents to plan ahead by preparing now so that you are ready to go, if you need to evacuate. For tips and other resources go to our dedicated webpage at:

Cal Fire Wildfire Highlights

SCU Lightning Complex Fire, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties
*365,772 acres, 25% contained

CZU August Lightning Fire, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties
*80,137 acres, 19% contained Regional Fire Strike Team Status

· Palo Alto Strike Teams Engine 365 and Engine 65 crews are getting a break today after assisting the that spans five counties, including Santa Clara County, and the in Napa County yesterday.

City Service Impacts

· Due to the continued poor air quality from the regional fires, Mitchell Park Community Center El Palo Alto Room, Cooling Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, August 28 for community members who need a refuge from the smoke that is expected to continue.

· Library Sidewalk Services have reopened today but is being assessed daily due depending on the air quality. Get updates on the library services .
· Rinconada Pool is open today as well. Get the pool schedule updates . · Foothills Park and Arastradero Preserve remain closed. Get updates .

Evacuation Resources Available

If you live in one of the areas evacuated, have lost your home, or have friends or family impacted, an information hotline and website are available for Santa Clara County residents seeking information about available resources. The hotline can be reached at 408–808–7778 and is for evacuees only, not general fire information. General fire information is available online at .

For additional online resources and ways to stay informed go to the City’s dedicated webpage at

AUGUST 25, 2020- 2 P.M.: There are no active wildfires in Palo Alto and the CZU Lightning Complex fire has not advanced north towards the Palo Alto border. As a result, this afternoon, CAL FIRE lifted the evacuation warning that had been in place for parts of Santa Clara County, including the Palo Alto hills areas.

The National Weather Service reports more favorable weather conditions over the next 48 hours with temperatures ranging from the lower 60s to mid-80s and humidity above 40%. A strong marine layer overnight also helped firefighting efforts. However, air quality has reached unhealthy levels again and is expected to last through Wednesday. You can track that With continued poor air quality, the community is encouraged to stay indoors as much as you can.

Palo Alto Fire continues to monitor weather and fire activity. Fire Station 8 is staffed based on the weather forecast and fire’s progression. Fire crews are monitoring the fire throughout the day. Foothills Park and Arastradero Preserves are closed today due to air quality conditions. Palo Alto’s Office of Emergency Services continues to coordinate with Santa Clara County Emergency Operations and Palo Alto Police officers are roving Palo Alto hills neighborhoods west of I-280 again today, plus will be spot checking the area in the evening.

The incident commander on the is pleased with the progress that the firefighters achieved over the last 24+ hours. Due to the moderate weather (low winds, relative humidity, and overnight marine layer below 1200’), they have been able to construct control lines in key areas that that will protect threatened communities, including Palo Alto hills area. It is expected that this strategy will allow them to eventually get a hold on the progression of the north end of the fire.

Containment for the SCU Lightning Complex fire increased overnight to 15%. Fire is burning active at night above 1,000' elevation. Short range spotting continues to be an issue due to dense brush fields with no burn history. Access into remote areas is lengthy and hampered by trees/branches continuing to fall blocking the roadways. Updates from CAL FIRE on this 10-day-old fire can be found .

Please Note: There are currently no evacuation orders in effect for Palo Alto or the Palo Alto hills. However, there are evacuation orders currently in effect in San Mateo, and Santa Cruz Counties. In addition, there are evacuation orders in effect elsewhere in Santa Clara County, mainly in South County areas. This afternoon, CAL FIRE lifted the evacuation warning that had been in place for parts of Santa Clara County, including the Palo Alto hills areas. While we are seeing positive containment strategies of the wildfires, we continue to urge Palo Alto hills residents to plan ahead by preparing now so that you are ready to go, if you need to evacuate.

Go for a list of evacuation safety tips. Go for an evacuation route map specific to community members living west of 280 in the Palo Alto hills.

CAL FIRE Wildfire Highlights

SCU Lightning Complex Fire, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties
*363,772 acres, 15% contained

CZU August Lightning Fire, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties
*78,869 acres, 17% contained Regional Fire Strike Team Status

· Engine 365, assigned to is cutting a fire line, or a barrier to slow or stop the progress of the fire. The SCU Lightning Complex fire is the second largest modern wildfire by acreage in California’s history.

· Engine 65, assigned to the in Napa County. They are fighting fire along one of the fire flanks, progressing up a hill with 3000 feet of hose. The LNU fire is the third largest modern wildfire by acreage in California’s history.

· Both units will get a break tomorrow.

City Service Impacts

· Due to the continued poor air quality from the regional fires, Mitchell Park Community Center El Palo Alto Room, Cooling Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, August 28 for community members who need a refuge from the smoke that is expected to continue.

· Library Sidewalk Services are currently closed due to poor air quality and will be evaluated daily. Get updates on the library services .

· Rinconada Pool is currently closed. You can get pool schedule updates .

· Foothills Park and Arastradero Preserve remain closed. Get updates .

Evacuation Resources Available

If you live in one of the areas evacuated, have lost your home, or have friends or family impacted, an information hotline and website are available for Santa Clara County residents seeking information about available resources. The hotline can be reached at 408–808–7778 and is for evacuees only, not general fire information. General fire information is available online at .

There are also animal evacuation centers established. For large animals, the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose and the Cow Palace in Daly City are being used as an animal evacuation sites. More details can be found below:

· County of Santa Clara Animal Services: (408) 686–3900

· Cow Palace Animal Assistance: (650) 450–0520.

· For the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy Hold Your Horses Livestock: (925) 584–1976

For additional online resources and ways to stay informed, go to the City’s dedicated webpage at

AUGUST 24, 2020- 2 P.M.: There are no active wildfires in Palo Alto. An evacuation warning was issued as a precaution the evening of Sunday, August 23 for several areas within Santa Clara County, including Palo Alto Hills and Foothills Park area.

The National Weather Service has cancelled the Red Flag Warning and is reporting improving weather conditions for firefighters working the lightning-sparked fires. The risk of thunderstorms has now dissipated and temperatures today are in the 80s (North County) and 90s (South County), but are expected to drop lower Tuesday and Wednesday, before trending upward again on Thursday and Friday. Wind gusts will be 15–20 mph this afternoon with 2–3% chance of showers occurring late today/tonight. Air quality is currently moderate in Palo Alto, but could reach unhealthy levels through Wednesday. You can track that With continued poor air quality, the community is encouraged to stay indoors as much as you can.

Palo Alto Fire continues to monitor fire activity in our area and a crew is stationed at Station 8 in Foothills Park for fire watch specific to the CZU August Lightning Fire. The Office of Emergency Services continues to coordinate with Santa Clara County Emergency Operations. Officers from the Palo Alto Police Department are roving Palo Alto hills neighborhoods west of I-280 today and tonight and will be spot checking the area.

The fire danger remains elevated for the CZU Lightning Complex fire impacting San Mateo and Santa Cruz County. The fires continue to actively burn above the marine layer in the heavy timber and thick undergrowth of the region, thus the cancellation of the Red Flag Warning is most welcome and overall good news.

The situation is improving for the SCU Lightning Complex fire impacting Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties with more air tankers able to offer support today and dozer lines improving.

Please Note: There are currently no evacuation orders in effect for Palo Alto or the Palo Alto hills. However, there are evacuation orders currently in effect in San Mateo, and Santa Cruz Counties. In addition, there are evacuation orders in effect for Santa Clara County mainly in South County areas. While there are no evacuation orders in effect for Palo Alto, there is a current evacuation warning in place for the Palo Alto hills areas. We are urging Palo Alto hills residents to plan ahead by preparing now so that you are ready to go, if you need to evacuate.

Go for ways to prepare your home to help prevent wildfires.

Go for a list of evacuation safety tips.

Go for an evacuation route map specific to community members living west of 280 in the Palo Alto hills.

Cal Fire Wildfire Updates (Specific fires we are tracking due to potential threat to Palo Alto hills)

SCU Lightning Complex Fire, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties
Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties
* 340,00 acres, 10% contained
*5 people injured

CZU August Lightning Fire, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties
San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties
*78,000 acres, 13% contained

*176 residences destroyed

Regional Fire Strike Team Status

Engine 365, assigned to the , 340,000 acres, 10% contained. This fire is the third largest modern wildfire by acreage in California’s history. The crew has been assigned tasks as far north as Livermore and as far south as Interstate 152. They are on a break today but spent their most recent shift conducting an assessment of homes below Henry Coe and making sure that they have proper defensible space and combustibles moved away from the homes.

· Engine 65, assigned to the , 48,424 acres, 23% contained. The crew’s primary assignment has been structure defense. Structure defense is when the crews go through neighborhoods and assess threatened homes then help the residents create defensible space. They went through an emergency demobilization from the River Fire this morning and they are headed to the in Napa County, 350,030 Acres, 22% contained. The LNU fire is the second largest modern wildfire by acreage in California’s history.

City Service Impacts

· Due to the continued poor air quality from the regional fires, Mitchell Park Community Center El Palo Alto Room, Cooling Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, August 24 through Wednesday, August 26 for community members who need a refuge from the smoke that is expected to continue.

· Library Sidewalk Services are currently open and will be evaluated daily based on air quality levels. Get updates on the library services .
· Rinconada Pool is currently closed. You can get pool schedule updates .

Evacuation Resources Available

If you live in one of the areas evacuated, have lost your home, or have friends or family impacted, please share the following important resources available through Santa Clara County and the American Red Cross:

· If you need immediate sheltering support/assistance, please contact the American Red Cross at:
(866) 272–2237

· For those who are evacuating and have questions about where to go, please call:
(408) 808–7778 (8am to 10pm) or 211 (10pm to 8am).

An information hotline and website are also available for Santa Clara County residents seeking information about available resources. The hotline can be reached at 408–808–7778 and is for evacuees only, not general fire information. General fire information is available online at .

There are also animal evacuation centers established. For large animals, the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose and the Cow Palace in Daly City are being used as an animal evacuation sites. More details can be found below:

· County of Santa Clara Animal Services: (408)686–3900

· For the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy Hold Your Horses Livestock: (925)584–1976

For additional online resources and ways to stay informed go to the City’s dedicated webpage here:

AUGUST 23, 2020- 9:30 P.M.: There are no active wildfires in Palo Alto. An evacuation warning was issued this evening for several areas including Palo Alto Hills and Foothills Park area, as a precaution.

At 6 p.m. this evening, Cal Fire and other emergency response agencies including Santa Clara County, San Mateo County and Santa Cruz County, issued an evacuation warning due to the thunderstorms, lightning and winds that could start fires or fuel existing wildfires. The evacuation warning is for parts of Santa Clara County, including select areas of Palo Alto, west of 280 including Foothills Park and the Palo Alto Foothills. For the news release, go . For specific evacuation warning locations and other incident information, go to

This is a warning to urge the community to prepare for the potential of an evacuation. There are no active wildfires in Palo Alto and no evacuation orders. Palo Alto Fire Department and the Palo Alto Police Department urge residents to take precautions now; know your evacuation route, plan for an evacuation now and be ready to go. For safety tips, an evacuation route map and a list of pre-evacuation plans to be prepared, see our 3 p.m. update below or go .

Please only dial 9–1–1 if you see fire in your area. We understand that smoke can be heavy at times; this is due to smoke from fires outside of Palo Alto. Please do not call 9–1–1 due to poor air quality.

AUGUST 23, 2020, 3 P.M.: There are no active wildfires in Palo Alto. There are no active threats to Palo Alto hills due to regional wildfires.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning yesterday that will continue through Monday at 5 p.m. with anticipated thunderstorms and little to no rain, as early as this morning through Tuesday. Weather generally will continue to be warm and dry with erratic gusty winds of up to 65 mph expected in the hills. This weather will likely hamper efforts to contain the current wildfires burning in San Mateo County, Santa Cruz County and Santa Clara County and may spark new fires.

Slow progress has been made with both the CZU Lightning Complex fire impacting San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties and the SCU Lightning Complex fire impacting Santa Clara and Santa Cruz County. Palo Alto Fire continues to monitor fire activity and a crew is stationed at Station 8 in Foothills Park for fire watch specific to the CZU August Lightning Fire. The Office of Emergency Services continues to coordinate with Santa Clara County Emergency Operations. Officers from the Palo Alto Police Department are roving Palo Alto hills neighborhoods west of I-280 today and tonight and will be spot checking the area. With continued poor air quality, the community is encouraged to stay indoors as much as you can.

There are no evacuation orders in effect for Palo Alto or the Palo Alto hills. However, there are evacuation orders currently in effect in San Mateo, and Santa Cruz Counties. In addition, there are evacuation orders in efffect for Santa Clara County mainly in South County areas. While there are no evacuation orders in effect for Palo Alto, we are urging Palo Alto hills residents to plan ahead by preparing now so that you are ready to go, if you need to evacuate.

Go for ways to prepare your home to help prevent wildfires.

Go for a list of evacuation safety tips.

Go for an evacuation route map specific to community members living west of 280 in the Palo Alto hills.

Cal Fire Wildfire Updates (Specific fires we are tracking due to potential threat to Palo Alto hills)

SCU Lightning Complex Fire, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties
Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties
* 339,968 acres, 10% contained
*20 fires in the complex

CZU August Lightning Fire, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties
San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties
*71,000 acres, 8% contained

Regional Fire Strike Team Status

· Engine 365, assigned to the , 339,968 acres, 10% contained. The crew has been assigned tasks as far north as Livermore and as far south as Interstate 152. Today is their rest period and they will be back in the field tomorrow for new assignments.

· Engine 65, assigned to the , 48,424 acres, 15% contained. The crew’s primary assignment has been structure defense. Structure defense is when the crews go through neighborhoods and assess threatened homes then help the residents create defensible space. If the homes catch fire, they begin suppression operations. Today, they will be assigned tasks in Seaside.

City Service Impacts

· Due to continued poor air quality anticipated starting tomorrow as a result of the regional fires, Mitchell Park Community Center El Palo Alto Room, Cooling Center will be open from 1 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 24 through Wednesday, August 26 for community members who need a refuge from the smoke and heat that is expected to continue.

· Library Sidewalk Services will be evaluated daily and based on air quality levels, may close.

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· Sign-up for the City’s newsletter at

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AUGUST 22, 2020: 12:50 P.M.:

National Weather Service just updated the Fire Watch to a Red Flag Warning. All other updates from today’s 12:30 p.m. update remain the same.

AUGUST 22, 2020: 12:30 P.M.: There are no active wildfires in Palo Alto.

The CZU August Lightning Complex Fire has not made significant progression overnight due to the increase in relative humidity and the marine layer, primarily on the western end of the fire. This is relatively good news. The perimeter closest to the Palo Alto border has remained mostly stagnant in its progression, but it is still a threat that Palo Alto Fire Department crews will continue to keep an eye on it. The fire is burning south and west primarily, winds are generally blowing Northwest to Southeast. Currently, Santa Cruz County has ordered evacuations up to Skyline Road. View the fire perimeter for all fires using this . The other wildfire we are monitoring is the East Bay Fires (SCU Complex) which is already impacting Santa Clara County residents. Evacuations have been ordered to portions of the County, though this fire is not a threat to Palo Alto at this time.

These fires will continue to burn for some time to come, perhaps two weeks or more — though weather will play a big part of this. This means that we will continue to have periodic unhealthy air quality days in the Santa Clara Valley — the best thing to do on these days is stay inside, keep outdoor activities to a minimum, and wear an N95 particulate mask if you go outside (and if you have one). Something is usually better than nothing, but remember your COVID cloth face covering is designed to keep your droplets from affecting others. Follow the City’s weekly updates to stay informed, go to sign up for alerts and other ways to gain regular updates.

Weather monitoring continues to be an important priority in emergency response and firefighting. Sunday through Tuesday, there is a Fire Weather watch for the entire San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast. The notice came from the National Weather Service, see visual below that outlines some of the concerns. Starting tomorrow morning, our region could see significant thunderstorms, lightning and winds. This could cause additional wildfire starts. The lightning storm is expected to progress from Sunday morning through Tuesday, with Tuesday being of the most concern. Palo Alto Fire Department will continue to staff Station 8 through the weekend and monitor the weather and the fire line.

Per Cal Fire’s summary update today, since the lightning siege started on Saturday, August 15, 2020, there have been nearly 12,000 lightning strikes, with over 100 occurring yesterday. During this time-period, there have been more than 585 new wildfires, which have burned nearly a million acres. With extreme fire danger expected this weekend, it is critical that all Californians take steps to prevent sparking a wildfire. To learn more ways to prevent sparking a wildfire visit .

· SCU Lightning Complex Fire, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties : 291,968 acres, 10% contained, 20 fires in the complex

· CZU August Lightning Fire, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties : 63,000 acres, 5% contained, Warnell Fire has now merged into CZU Lightning

Regional Fire Strike Team Update

Engine 365 is working at the : After 3 days of tough work, they were assigned to mop up and fire watch. The crew members are in good spirits, healthy and no injuries.

Engine 65 is working the : The crew members had a well-deserved rest day yesterday. The crew is in high spirits and getting plenty of work. Today, they are reinforcing the control line (the line created to keep the fire from spreading in a particular direction) in anticipation of the wind and lightning storms.

City Service Impacts

· Due to poor air quality, Foothills Park and Pearson-Arastradero Open Space areas remain closed.

· Library Sidewalk Services will be evaluated daily and depending on the air quality may close. (Services are offered Monday through Friday only)

To return to the City’s webpage on the wildfires, safety tips and online resources, go .

AUGUST 21, 2020 1 P.M.: There are no active wildfires in Palo Alto.

The Palo Alto Fire Department is staffing Fire Station 8 with one engine company and monitoring the Fire active in Santa Cruz County and San Mateo County. While there are no active evacuation orders in effect for Palo Alto, the Fire Department is urging all Palo Alto Hills residents to prepare for wildfire evacuations. Fortunately, the fire has not crossed the Santa Clara County line. As the crow flies, the fire is approximately 3 miles away from the county line.

It seems close, but that is a long way for fire to travel, especially if the winds aren’t pushing the fire in that direction. The fire is still moving southward. As you may have seen in the local news, the Fire is running through the communities of Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek. Due to all the fires in the state, resources are limited. The county has no resources to provide for mutual aid out of the county, and Cal Fire has no additional resources that they can provide to any new fire outbreaks. The Palo Alto Fire Chief is in close contact with Santa Clara County Fire Chief and coordinating contingency plans. Other City departments involved with the City’s public safety response include the Palo Alto Police Department and the Office of Emergency Services.

Regional Fire Support

Palo Alto’s Strike Team engines continue to support fire suppression efforts regionally:

· Engine 365 is working at the : 157,475 acres, 5% contained, as of last night. They joined the strike team on August 15, and they can be out for a total of 14 days. Engine 365 was assigned to firing operations. Firing operations are when unburned vegetation is strategically set fire to create a perimeter and burn towards the main fire, similar to burning a candle at both ends. They burned a mile and a half of vegetation. In addition to the firing operations, they had to stretch hundreds of feet of hose, up and down 30–35 degree slopes in yesterday’s heat to fight fire. There were no injuries were reported. They began Fire watch last night.

· Engine 65 is working the : 33,974 acres, 9% contained, as of last night. They joined the strike team on August 18, and they can be out for a total of 14 days. Yesterday, Engine 65 was assigned to a neighborhood that was eminently threatened with fire. They were responsible for protecting homes in the area. While they were protecting the houses, 30–60mph winds were blowing through the neighborhood. While conducting suppression tactics, they had to occasionally take cover to avoid the super-heated winds blowing around them. There were no injuries reported.

City Services Impacted by Poor Air Quality and Cooling Center Open Status

· Foothills Park and Arastradero Preserve are among the City services impacted by the heat wave and air quality issues resulting from fires in the region. They are both currently closed until further notice due to the current air quality and extreme fire danger. for more information and updates.

· Library Sidewalk Services have also been closed since Wednesday. They reopened today and service availability will be assessed daily during these poor air quality conditions. For more information on the library services closure, go .

To return back to the Palo Alto Regional Fire Status & Online Resources page, go .

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