SCU Lightning Complex Fire

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Below is important information regarding the SCU Lightning Complex Fire issued by the City of Fremont, Fremont Fire Department, and Fremont Police Department. The fires in Alameda County are within the Calaveras Zone.

The Evacuation Warning for Fremont has been lifted by CAL FIRE. 

Community Updates

August 25, 2020: Update #4 Evacuation Warning (SCU Lightning Complex Fire) Info for Fremont

August 24, 2020: Update #3 Evacuation Warning (SCU Lightning Complex Fire) Info for Fremont

August 23, 2020 (Evening Update): Updated Evacuation Warning (SCU Lightning Complex Fire) Info for Fremont

August 23, 2020 (Morning Update): Evacuation Warning (SCU Lightning Complex Fire) Info for Fremont

August 22, 2020: CAL FIRE Issues New Evacuation Warnings in Fremont & Eastern Unincorporated Alameda County

SCU LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE EVACUATION WARNING

Advisory: News Release: CAL FIRE Issues New Evacuation Warnings in Fremont & Eastern Unincorporated Alameda County 

WHAT:         EVACUATION WARNING

WHEN:         Effective Immediately

WHERE:       ALAMEDA COUNTY

  • East of the Mission Blvd. and Mission Rd. Intersection south to the Intersection of Mission Blvd and Curtner Rd.
  • East of  Curtner Rd. south along I-680 to the Santa Clara County Line
  • South of I-580 in between Greenville Rd. and San Joaquin County Line to the Alameda/Santa Clara County Line, South of the Livermore City limits (excluding the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton), South of Hwy 84 in between Vineyard Ave. and I-680, South of I-680 to the fire perimeter and the Alameda/Santa Clara County Line
  • West of the Alameda/San Joaquin County Line to the Livermore city limits, to Hwy 84 to I-680
  • North of fire perimeter and the Alameda/Santa Clara County Line to Hwy 84, to the Livermore city limits, to I-580

NOTES:  A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the Bay Area, including Alameda County beginning Sunday morning (8/23/20 at 5:00 a.m.) lasting until Monday (8/24/20 at 5:00 p.m.).  Due to the Red Flag Warning an Evacuation Warning is being issued in advance of the weather event because of the remoteness of this area and the limited egress routes, which may be inaccessible should fire activity increase in the area. For those with pets or livestock, as well as those with access and functional needs, you are encouraged to leave the area as soon as possible. All others should be prepared to leave if the situation worsens or if you perceive a fire threat.

If a mandatory evacuation order is issued, a Temporary Evacuation Point will be provided.

SAFETY MESSAGE:  The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings. A reminder to drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area. There will be smoke in the respective areas as firefighters continue firefighting operations. If at any time you feel unsafe, please call 911.

ANIMAL SHELTER:  For those who need shelter for Livestock, please contact Alameda County Animal Services at 925-803-7041 to make arrangements for their housing.

EVACUATION WARNING MAP: Online evacuation map.

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(*The CAL Fire News Release is also available in ChineseSpanish and Vietnamese.)


August 21, 2020: Evacuation Warning for Mill Creek Road Continues Due to Fire Weather Watch, New Fremont Map & Other Updates

The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast from 11 AM, Sunday, August 23 until 11 AM, Tuesday, August 25th.  Fast moving, high-based thunderstorms may lead to a risk of dry lightning and new fire starts.

Due to the projected weather conditions and potential fire danger, the current Evacuation Warning for Mill Creek Road residences from 196 Mill Creek Road to 9000 Mill Creek Road will remain in place through the anticipated weather event.

The CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit (CAL FIRE SCU) produces two SCU Lightning Complex incident updates per day. These updates include the most current information about evacuation warnings and orders, incident facts, a situation summary, road closures, animal evacuation centers, and assigned resources. If you would like to receive regular email updates about the incident, you can sign up to receive incident press releases by visiting their website

Looking for incident information with a local focus? An online map created specifically to show current Evacuation Warnings and Orders within the City of Fremont is available to view.

An online display of current Evacuation Warnings and Orders issued for the SCU Lightning Complex fires throughout Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Santa Clara County, San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County is also available and can be viewed.

While there are no active wildfires in Fremont currently, the Fremont Fire Department continues to have personnel deployed at the SCU Lightning Complex fires in Sunol and unincorporated Alameda County, the Hennessey Fire in Solano County, and the Lake Fire in the Angeles National Forest. All crews deployed are safe and in good spirits, and all Fremont fire stations remain fully staffed.

August 21, 2020: Mill Creek Road Remains the Only Street in Fremont Under an Evacuation Warning

Residents may have received notification of a new Evacuation Warning in Fremont for the SCU Lightning Complex fires. This information is not true. At the present time, there is ONE active Evacuation Warning on Mill Creek Road. 

There are currently NO fires in Fremont and NO new Evacuation Warnings outside of the existing Evacuation Warning for Mill Creek Road.

August 18, 2020: Evacuation Warning for Mill Creek Rd Remains Active Due to Potential Fire Danger and Projected Weather Conditions

The Evacuation Warning issued on Monday, August 17, 2020, remains in place for the residences located between 9000 Mill Creek Road and 196 Mill Creek Road.

The decision to keep the Evacuation Warning in place is a proactive measure due to the potential of approaching fire danger, and current and projected weather conditions.

Residents in the impacted area should stay ready by packing necessary items and ensuring family members, pets and their vehicle are prepared for a possible sudden departure.

While there are no active wildfires in Fremont, the Fremont Fire Department continues to support the SCU Lightning Complex fire response in Sunol and unincorporated Alameda County, and will patrol the area towards the end of Mill Creek Road. Daily updates about the fires in the SCU Lightning Complex are available online.

Even though Alameda County is not currently operating under Red Flag Warning, fire danger remains high, air quality is forecast to be unhealthy, temperatures are elevated and due to the extreme heat throughout the state, the likelihood of rotating electric outages is a possibility.

Spare the Air Alerts Issued Through August 19

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, who already issued a Spare the Air Alert for wildfire smoke today, has also issued a Spare the Air Alert for tomorrow. The Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday, August 19, bans burning wood, manufactured fire logs, or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors. 

Wildfire smoke from numerous fires sparked by lightning over the weekend is expected to cause elevated levels of particulate pollution in the Bay Area. Air quality is forecast to be unhealthy and smoke impacts are possible throughout the region. It is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to use their fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices during a Spare the Air Alert for particle pollution.

To learn more about when a Spare the Air Alert is in effect, residents can sign up for text alerts by texting the word “START” to 817-57, register for email AirAlerts, or call 1(800) HELP-AIR. To read the entire press release for the Spare the Air Alerts issued, please visit: Spare the Air Alert for August 18-19, 2020

PG&E Lookup Tool for CAISO Rotating Power Outages

In response to the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) urgent calls for consumers to conserve energy immediately in an effort to avert power outages, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has developed a tool to help customers see how they might be affected. Rotating outages are organized by circuit blocks dispersed across PG&E's service area and sequenced to minimize the amount of disruption for each customer. The online tool allows customers to look up their circuit block and sub-block using a table of forecasted outages for the day. With the heatwave expected to continue, PG&E strongly encourages all customers to continue conserving to reduce overall power demand.

August 17, 2020, 2:32 pm: Evacuation Warning for 9000 Mill Creek Rd to 196 Mill Creek Rd Due to Potential Fire Danger in Fremont

The Fremont Fire Department and Police Department have issued an Evacuation Warning for all residents from 9000 Mill Creek Road to 196 Mill Creek Road due to approaching fire danger.

This is a proactive measure.

Residents should prepare now by packing necessary items and preparing your family, pets, and vehicle for a possible departure. Please use common sense and evacuate at any time you feel uncomfortable or see active fire behavior.

Sunday, August 16, 2020, 6:38 pm: Marsh Creek Complex Fire in Sunol: 850 Acres w/ 0% Containment. Mandatory Evacuations of 10 Homes on Welch Creek Rd

Firefighters are at the scene of three vegetation fires (referred to as the Marsh Creek Complex), in the area of Calaveras Road and Welch Creek Road in Sunol.

The fires are approximately 850 acres with 0% containment.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is conducting mandatory evacuations for residents on Welch Creek Road. Approximately 10 homes are impacted by the mandatory evacuation order.

Mutual aid is being provided by local government strike teams from throughout the Bay Area.

There are no reports of injuries to firefighters or community members. 

(This #MarshCreekComplex update is provided as part of the Fremont Fire Department's mutual aid support of the incident.) 

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