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Debris Flow Evacuation Map Released

Following the 2017 Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County, debris flows — fast-moving, deadly masses of mud, rocks, boulders, entire trees — around the community of Montecito resulted in the deaths of 23 residents.

To minimize the risk of a similar scenario following the CZU Lightning Complex fires, the County of Santa Cruz, local partners including Cal Fire and local fire agencies, and officials from the California Office for Emergency Services have begun extensive planning to address the risk to residents from debris flows. With evacuations likely during the upcoming rainy season, residents are being urged to “Know Your Zone” by looking up their address on the Debris Flow Hazard Risk Map, available at https://community.zonehaven.com.

While the entire CZU Lightning Complex is an area considered to be at risk, county geologists have determined that thousands of residents face elevated debris flow risks and could face evacuations — potentially multiple evacuations — depending on weather conditions. Those areas are denoted on the Risk Evaluation Map by dark blue polygons. Assessments are based on geology, topography, burn severity and evidence of historic debris flows, among other factors.

Should evacuations be necessary, the County urges residents to take this risk seriously. All residents within evacuated areas should leave, regardless of the circumstances or location of their residence. Should a debris flow occur, access to impacted areas may be cut off, and rescues by public safety personnel may not be possible. County public safety and emergency management staff will make evacuation determinations with the safety of residents as the highest priority.

Debris flows can be triggered by short bursts of rain, and little can be done to mitigate the risk to communities in the immediate aftermath of a large fire. For more information and an FAQ, visit the County’s debris flow information page at
https://www.santacruzcounty.us/FireRecovery/DebrisFlowsMudflows.aspx.

Residents are reminded that they should not be locating RVs, trailers, tents or other temporary habitation structures onto properties that have not been evaluated for geologic risk. Doing so places individuals and families at risk for debris flows and other geologic hazards.

Residents within the burn perimeter but outside dark blue polygons face lower risks from debris flows and are less likely to be evacuated.

Regardless of their risk level, all residents should sign up for emergency alerts. Visit https://www.scr911.org/general/page/codered or text “SCR911” to 99411 to sign up. Residents should also download the CodeRed app for their smartphones.

In advance of any rain events, residents are also advised to tune in to local news, utilize weather radios or follow County social media to stay up-to-date on the latest information.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm Replacement

Felton Fire and Kidde lauches ‘Beat the Beep’ campaign to educate residents on carbon monoxide alarm replacement. Alarms installed after Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act nearing expiration. Felton, CA (September 2018) – Felton Fire Protection District and Kidde together launch the ‘Beat the Beep’ campaign to educate San Lorenzo Valley residents about the importance of identifying when… Continue Reading

PG&E Accelerates Vegetation Work in Santa Cruz County

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.— In response to the recent and dramatically increasing wildfire threat in our state, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is accelerating its vegetation management work in Santa Cruz County to further reduce the risk of wildfire and keep our customers, their families and our communities safe. According to CAL FIRE and the… Continue Reading

2018 Basic Firefighter Academy Graduation

Following an intensive, four month long academy, BFFA (Basic Firefighter Academy) 2018 graduated May 8th, representing Boulder Creek Fire, Ben Lomond Fire, Felton Fire, Zayante Fie, County Fire, Branciforte Fire, Scotts Valley Fire and Central Fire. Our very own Tyler Mangan, Nina Lavelle, Tori Hawkins and Adrian Chairez joins the ranks of firefighter! We are… Continue Reading

2017/2018 Holiday Tree Recycling

Starting this year, drop boxes will no longer be provided to fire stations and shopping centers for holiday tree recycling. The options for holiday tree recycling are below: GreenWaste Recovery Customers During the first two (2) collection weeks of each year customers may place un-flocked and undecorated holiday trees curbside for collection on the normal… Continue Reading

Felton fire is now accepting applications for volunteer firefighters

Being a volunteer firefighter is a rewarding experience. Firefighters make a difference in the community. firefighters come to the aid of persons in times of greatest need. Loss of life and property are often in the balance. Felton firefighters have and will continue to positively impact the well being of all persons in the Felton… Continue Reading