Tuesday September 1, 2020
Hello Mountain House families. We hope you are safe and well. Here is some information we want to pass along from the Mountain House Fire Department.
- We have been inundated with phone calls asking if evacuations in Mountain House are required due to the SCU Lightning Complex fires. The short answer is no, there is a very low probability that Mountain House would ever have to evacuate due to a wildland fire.
- Many catastrophic wildland fires that impact communities occur in what is known as the wildland-urban interface (WUI). The WUI is generally described as the area where structures and other human development meets or intermingles with wildland vegetation, such as grasslands, forests, or shrubs. It is in this zone where dense fuels that burn with high intensity are mixed amongst human development, creating little defensible space.
- Mountain House is generally surrounded by flat farmland that is not conducive to large wildland fires. The fires that often occur on the Altamont and hills surrounding the valley would have to travel a long distance over many roads, highways, and flat, open fields to reach the community. In short, we are surrounded by large swaths of defensible space.
- With that said, it is always smart to have an emergency plan and "go bag" in case of a local disaster such as an earthquake, flood, long-term power outage, etc.
- For more information regarding disaster preparedness, a good place to start is our Disaster Ready Guide.
- We suggest visiting the SJReady page and signing up for pertinent notifications at the bottom of the page.
- You can also visit the CalFire web page to see a map of all fires burning in the state here.
- Your Mountain House Firefighters are on duty 24/7/365 and ready to respond.
These fires are affecting our neighbors all across Northern California and our hearts break for those who are suffering in this tragedy. This Mercury News article offers over 25 ways that you can support firefighters and those who lost their homes to the wildfires. To name a few, the American Red Cross has a disaster-relief fund, the California Fire Foundation is providing emotional and financial assistance to families of firefighters, and GoFundMe has set up multiple fundraisers to support residents that have lost their homes. Again, visit this article to see 25 other ways to show your support for those who need it.
Lastly, although the chance of evacuation for Mountain House is slim, we wanted to share a list of recommended disaster-preparedness items in the event of an emergency.
- Water (at least a two-week supply)
- Dry snacks, non-perishable goods (three-day supply for evacuation and two-week supply for home)
- Flashlight with batteries
- First aid kit
- Personal hygiene items (toilet paper, tissues, hand sanitizer, etc.) and face masks
- Cash and copies of important documents
- Cell phones and chargers
- Emergency blankets
- Map of the area
- Walkie talkies
- Games for the kids
- Pet food and supplies
Thank you everyone for your support and patience as we relay new information. We are wishing everyone a safe week.