California Wildfire Update 10/27/2020

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Fire Update

Dear Friends‚

Firefighters across California continue to be on high alert as Red Flag Warnings persist over much of the State. CAL FIRE continues to ask residents in these Red Flag areas to use extreme caution outdoors in order to help prevent accidently sparking a wildfire.

As of this morning‚ the Blue Ridge Fire has burned 15‚200 acres and is 0% contained and the Silverado Fire has burned 11‚199 acres and is 5% contained.

To learn more ways to prepare and prevent wildfires‚ visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org. To view live California fires‚ visit this Fire Awareness Map.

As always‚ I’m here to help. I’ll be joining a CAL Fire and CAL OES Wildfire Statewide Coordination Call shortly and will be sure to keep you posted. If you need assistance‚ please do not hesitate to call 714-671-9474 or email me at Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov.

Sincerely‚
Ling Ling Chang
29th Senate District

Register For Alerts & Find Open Shelters

For the most up-to-date information on a Red Cross Shelter‚ click here. Brea‚ Yorba Linda‚ and Chino Hills have several shelters available for residents and pets. Diamond Bar currently does not have an evacuation center set up.

I also encourage you to register for alerts in your area: Orange CountyLos Angeles CountySan Bernardino County.

California Secures Federal Assistance

California has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Silverado and Blue Ridge Fires.

The FMAG‚ which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on cost-share basis‚ will assist local‚ state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.

Beware of Scams & Fraudulent Phone Calls

State and federal recovery officials urge California residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists‚ identity thieves‚ and other criminals who may try to prey on vulnerable survivors of the wildfires. Anyone with knowledge of fraud or abuse may call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721‚ report it to the Federal Trade Commission‚ or email DHSOIGHotline@dhs.gov.

Common post-disaster fraud practices include

  • Fake offers of aid‚ calls or emails asking for your Social Security number‚ bank account number‚ or other sensitive information.

  • Phony housing inspectors

  • Fraudulent building contractors

  • Bogus pleas for post-disaster donations

Emergency Preparedness

Be prepared for when wildfire strikes by reviewing CAL Fire’s preparedness tips here. Alternatively‚ last month I hosted an Emergency Preparedness Telephone Town Hall with CAL Fire‚ Cal-OES and American Red Cross. To request a copy of the recording‚ please email me here.