SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The raging Valley Fire that erupted Saturday afternoon and has quickly consumed over 4,000 acres is leaving numerous East San Diego County residents looking for shelter.
We've listed information, organizations, and evacuation centers for those in need.
Steele Canyon High School
2440 Campo Road
Joan MacQueen Middle School
2001 Tavern Road
An evacuation order means that persons in the affected area need to evacuate to a safe location to ensure their safety. If you need emergency assistance in evacuation, call 9-1-1.
AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT
Due to the Valley Fire burning near Alpine in San Diego County, areas of smoke are affecting parts of the County. The smoke dispersed throughout much of the western portion of San Diego County overnight and has also traveled offshore. While much of this smoke remains above ground level, there is smoke affecting the inland valleys west of Alpine as of Sunday morning. The smoke may have more widespread impacts later this morning and this afternoon in the coastal areas and inland valleys. In areas impacted by the smoke, fine particulates, or PM2.5 concentrations, may reach unhealthful levels.
In areas of heavy smoke, assume that air quality levels are unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy for all individuals. In areas with minor smoke impacts, assume that air quality levels range from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups.
In addition, air quality will be negatively affected by Ozone levels that are expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy in many areas this afternoon due to the extreme heat.
In areas where you smell smoke it is advised that you limit physical/outdoor activity. If possible, stay indoors to limit your exposure to fine particulate matter and ozone, especially those residents with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children.
AMERICAN RED CROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION
American Red Cross Southern California Region, serving San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties.
The Red Cross team provided safe shelter for three families affected by the fire. The Temporary Evacuation Point at Joan MacQueen Middle School has closed. The Temporary Evacuation Point at Steele Canyon High School remains open.
More information on the many services being offered by the SDHS can be found at https://www.sdhumane.org/about-us/news-center/emergency-updates/.
ANIMAL EVACUATION SITE
The County Animal Services South Shelter is welcoming evacuated animals. The shelter is located at 5821 Sweetwater Road. Anyone who needs more information is asked to call 619-236-2341.
Large animals, such as horses and livestock, can be taken to Iron Oak Canyon Ranch, 12310 Campo Road, Spring Valley.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY EMERGENCY SITE INFORMATION
Please note that News Updates on SDCountyEmergency.com are intended for regional emergencies that pose significant threat to large numbers of people and/or property. Check media and local fire and/or law enforcement for information about smaller, localized events.
HOW TO HELP
The Red Cross is not accepting material donations of any kind, including food or items, due to COVID-19. Instead, the Red Cross asks that financial donations be made through redcross.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or by texting CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation.