Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms California
08 Sep

Wildfire Preparedness & Safety Information

As the record-breaking wildfire season in California continues, and with the safety of our residents and visitors our top priority, Visit 29 Palms has put together a list of local, county, and state resources to help effectively monitor ongoing wildfire activity, and track air quality impacts.

While there are currently no wildfires in or within close range of the City of Twentynine Palms, we want to help make sure you have access to the right resources and agencies in order to be prepared, and to ensure you can get critical updates in the case of a wildfire emergency.

Please be advised that air quality in Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree National is currently being impacted by the El Dorado Fire, which started in Yucaipa on September 5. During this time we ask you to please avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion, keep your windows and doors closed, avoid using a swamp cooler or whole-house fan, and if you have one, run your AC. When air quality is compromised, people with respiratory or heart disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors.

Monitoring Air Quality

AirNow Fire and Smoke Map: Real-time updates on air quality
The interactive AirNow Fire and Smoke Map provides real-time updates on both wildfire activity and air quality impacts across the United States, and includes real-time information on air quality in the City of Twentynine Palms. If and when air quality in Twentynine Palms becomes impacted by wildfire activity, please avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion, keep your windows and doors closed, avoid using a swamp cooler or whole-house fan, and if you have one, run your AC. When air quality is compromised, people with respiratory or heart disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors.

Wildfire Information & Updates

San Bernardino County Fire
This is the official website for San Bernardino County’s Fire Protection District, which manages the City of Twentynine Palms and our neighboring communities. In the case of a fire incident in Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino County Fire will be your source for the latest updates and information, both on their website and social media channels.

Follow SBC Fire on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SanBernardinoCountyFire
Follow SBC Fire on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SBCOUNTYFIRE

San Bernardino County Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS)
In an effort to quickly communicate information on impending dangers, the San Bernardino County Sheriff and Fire Departments send high-speed mass notifications via telephone and text messages. This system is known as the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS). The County uses a database of landline telephone numbers, which is updated every six months, to send emergency messages to landline phones only. By signing up below, residents can also receive emergency text messages on their cell phones, add voice over internet phone numbers (V.O.I.P.), and manage their own account using a valid email address. Those without internet connections can sign up by calling 211 or (909) 980-2857 for assistance in registering.

CAL FIRE Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
CAL Fire’s website allows you to search for CAL Fire wildfire incidents by City name or Zip Code, and will provide accurate and timely updates about active wildfires near you and will link you to the incidents full details which include updates on containment, road closures, evacuation orders and warnings, and public information hotlines. You can also sign up for text message alerts by entering your cell phone number and Zip Code which will help you get immediate alerts for wildfire activity near you.

Follow CAL FIRE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CALFIRE
Follow CAL FIRE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CAL_FIRE

Wildfire Preparedness and Safety Information
Find a wide variety of helpful resources on CAL Fire’s ReadyForWidlfire.org website, including a link to download an app to help create your custom wildfire preparedness action plan, checklists for what you should have in your emergency supply kit, what you should do around the house to be ready in the case of a wildfire, and most importantly, an evacuation plan checklist.

 

National Park Service Safety Alerts

Joshua Tree National Park Alerts
NEW – Campfire Restrictions in Joshua Tree National Park 
Effective beginning Sunday, September 6th, a temporary fire restriction is in effect. All fires, including at campsites and picnic areas, are prohibited due to extreme weather conditions. Camp stoves and devices with shutoff switches may still be used. Before you visit Joshua Tree National Park, always check for the latest safety alerts and updates on current conditions on the parks website. With limited cell phone and GPS reception available in the park, be sure to download, save, and print a copy of the parks map ahead of time.

Mojave National Preserve AlertsBefore you visit Mojave National Preserve, always check for the latest safety alerts and updates on current conditions on the Preserve’s website. With limited cell phone and GPS reception available, be sure to download, save, and print a copy of the Mojave National Preserve map ahead of time.

Bureau of Land Management Safety Alerts

Mojave Trails National Monument 
The Bureau of Land Management is increasing fire restrictions and prohibiting all uses of open flame including campfires, barbecues and stoves, on BLM-managed public lands in the state of California effective Sept. 8, due to high fire danger. This includes popular areas in the Mojave Trails National Monument such as Amboy Crater, Bonanza Spring, Afton Canyon, and Sheephole Mountain.

 

 

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