Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands who have been evacuated and/or lost their homes to the Woolsey Fire.
Thank you to all of our courageous first responders who are on the front lines keeping us safe. Also, thank you to all residents, businesses and volunteer organizations who have opened up their homes and their hearts and are donating supplies or fostering pets.
While Council District Five appears fine for now, we are closely monitoring all situations and we will continue to work with all of our public safety agencies until everyone is out of harm’s way. However, please be alert that winds are expected to pick up again this evening into tomorrow contributing to another round of critical fire weather. Those in and around the Woolsey fire perimeter should stay tuned to the latest news and be ready for the potential of continued and new evacuation orders.
For the latest information online, go to:
LAFD page: https://www.lafd.org/news/woolsey-fire; and,
LA City page: www.lacity.org; and,
CAL Fire page: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2282; and,
for an up-to-date map showing the fire's progress, evacuation zones, shelters, please visit http://arcg.is/81HTu.
Visit http://ReadyLA and Ready, Set, Go! for escape plans for you and your family and pets in order to be prepared to go if evacuation orders come your way.
Or text the word READY to 888777 for emergency updates sent directly to your phone.
Air quality is currently unhealthy: Please close all windows and keep doors closed and limit time outdoors. Do not leave your animals outside, either. Smoke and ash can be harmful to health, especially in vulnerable individuals, like children, the elderly, people with asthma or individuals with other respiratory and heart conditions.
South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a residential no-burn alert effective on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from midnight through 11:59 PM, for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes Orange County and non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties reminds residents in these areas that burning wood in their fireplaces or any indoor or outdoor wood-burning device is prohibited during the mandatory wood-burning ban. The no-burn rule prohibits burning wood as well as manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper
Social Media: Twitter is the main social media being used but please use news stations as they continue to be in touch with various emergency command posts around the clock.
Follow @LAFD with the hashtag #Woolsey for fire updates; and,
Follow @CAL_FIRE and @VCFD for the Ventura County Fire Department; and,
Follow @ReadyLA for LA City Emergency Management Department.
LA Animal Service Needs Fosters: Don't forget, you can help clear space for animals evacuated from the Woolsey Fire. Please head to the nearest LA Animal Services location to adopt or foster an animal today and make sure our shelters have space for evacuated animals.
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District