IMPORTANT UPDATE: 2017 Southern California fire information
Updated Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5 pm
Post Date: 12/07/2017 5:00 PM
Southern California Fire Update
Updated: Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5 pm
Fires are currently burning to the north of San Marcos, around the area of highway 76 and I-15. To ensure you get accurate, up to date information, we recommend checking official sources (listed below). The city is actively monitoring the fire situation and will provide emergency updates throughout this incident.
• City website: http://www.san-marcos.net
• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sanmarcoscity
• Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sanmarcoscity
• CAL FIRE: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
While there are no significant air quality concerns in San Marcos, Adult Softball League play has been canceled out of consideration for out-of-town players. All other recreation programs will continue as regularly scheduled.
The region has activated a comprehensive crisis response to manage this wildfire. Local officials have diligently prepared and trained to handle a disaster of this nature and all available resources are being mobilized to battle this blaze.
Now is an important time to make sure you and your family are prepared if an emergency strikes. To receive emergency alerts, register your phone with Alert San Diego at www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego. This is especially important if you no longer have a landline at your home. You can also download the SDEmergency App; make sure to allow app push notifications on your mobile phone.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Prepare
Parks & Recreation Activity Schedule
How can I help?
What is the current status of the fire?
There is a large fire (“Lilac Fire”) in the Fallbrook/Bonsall area, near Interstate 15 and Highway 76. There are no current threats to San Marcos. Follow CALFIRE San Diego on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Residents can also down load the SD Emergency App and learn more at www.readysandiego.org.
How can I stay informed?
Residents should register all of their family’s cell phones with AlertSanDiego at www.readysandiego.org so that you will all be notified of an emergency affecting your neighborhood. This is especially important if you no longer have a landline at your home. You can also download the SDEmergency App on your phone.
During an emergency, residents should also stay updated on the latest local safety information by visiting the city’s website, following San Marcos @sanmarcoscity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; registering for e-notifications; and turning radios to AM 1610.
What can I do to prepare?
Besides registering your cell phone with Alert San Diego, review your family emergency plan, prepare a supply kit, and inventory home items such as important documents and medications so that you would want to take with you so you are ready to go if told to do so by a public safety official.
When should I evacuate?
You should evacuate if an order is issued by a public safety official or if you feel your safety is at risk. Take pets and pet food with you. In the event of an emergency, information about shelters and where to take animals will be provided. Since there may be smoke in the area, you should keep windows closed and remain indoors.
Is there a change in any of the city’s scheduled Parks & Recreation activities?
Information Update: While there are no significant air quality concerns in San Marcos, Adult Softball League play has been canceled out of consideration for out-of-town players. All other recreation programming will continue as regularly scheduled. Stay updated on the latest fire conditions by visiting www.caloes.ca.gov.
Are there any school closures in place?
• California State University San Marcos
Effective as of 3:40 pm on Thursday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 8 CSUSM’s campus will be closed out of consideration for students and faculty who may be affected by neighboring fires.
• Palomar College
AS of 4:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 7, Palomar College San Marcos campus remains open.
• San Marcos Unified School District
How can I volunteer, donate, or help?
The city appreciates residents’ willingness to help those in need. You can call 211 or a local non-profit, like the Red Cross to offer assistance.
For more incident information, visit www.ReadySanDiego.org or follow CALFIRE San Diego