CREATE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR OWN PREPARATIONS
The Caldor fire is leaving all of us worried about the safety of our homes and families, but it’s important to remember that at this point, it remains 15-20 miles from Placer County’s border. Our Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire and Placer County Fire Department are working alongside all of the other agencies involved in the incident and coordinating constantly. I was able to tour the front lines this afternoon with our Cal Fire Unit Chief Brian Estes and can assure you that there are tremendous resources being used to fight this fire. It is tragic to see the fire spotting over Echo Summit and across Highway 50, but for now residents of Placer are not part of the immediate threat.
The best way to use the energy created by this anxiety is to create confidence in your own preparations. There are four basic steps to consider:
- Register for Placer Alerts
- Have an evacuation plan
- Prepare your home and your property
- Evacuate wisely
It’s important to remember that no one can create a step by step plan to handle every possible disaster situation, but by making as many reasonable preparations as possible in advance of an emergency and practicing them you can make yourself, your family, and your home safer.
Preparing for a disaster often seems overwhelming. The most important step is to start from where ever you are. Clicking on any of the links is a great start!
I am providing you this information from the Placer Sheriff’s Office:
We continue to field many questions about the potential for evacuations along the Placer County side of Lake Tahoe. At this time we do not anticipate any portion of Placer County being evacuated. The fire’s edge is still between 15-20 miles from the county line at Tahoma. We are monitoring closely and will send updates as they apply. Click the links below for updates and ways to stay informed.”
For the latest updates on the Caldor Fire, please CLICK HERE.
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor
IMPORTANT WILDFIRE RESOURCES:
- Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council
- Ready for Wildfire webpage
- Homeowner’s checklist
- Defensible space information
- Red Flag Warning Program
- Hi-lo sirens during evacuations
- Prepare for quick evacuation
- Build an emergency kit
- Sign up for Placer Alert
If you can see or smell smoke, avoid all unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced.
Here are recommended ways to reduce your smoke exposure:
- Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed and if possible, run the air conditioner on the “recirculation” setting.
- Limit outdoor exertion and physical activity.
- Leave the smoke-impacted areas until conditions improve, if possible.
- Reduce unnecessary driving. If traveling through smoke-impacted areas, be sure that your vehicle’s ventilation system is on recirculate.
- FYI: non‐hepa paper face mask filters + bandana-type face coverings are not capable of filtering out extra fine particulates. Learn More
- View current and forecasted ozone levels on Spare the Air
- View air quality/smoke on AirNow
- View wildfire smoke information on Placer Air
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Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@
District Aide Sophie Fox: email@example.com
District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.
Assistant District Aide Lindsay Thayer: firstname.lastname@example.org