Fire Update

Alpine Fire #WestFire
The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services is actively involved in providing animal evacuation and support efforts associated with the current fire burning in San Diego’s East County. San Diego Humane Society is assisting. The 24-hour emergency number for Department of Animal Services is 619-236-2341.


We will provide updates here and our social media channels as new information is made available.


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CURRENT UPDATES

ANIMAL ASSISTANCE:
The best thing for your pets is to take them with you when you evacuate, if at all possible. If you have companion animals or livestock you cannot evacuate yourself, please call County of San Diego Department of Animal Services at 619-236-2341.

San Diego Humane Society is in the process of setting up a shelter at Los Coches Creek Middle School, 9669 Dunbar Lane, El Cajon, CA 92021, in conjunction with the American Red Cross. Companion animals are welcome.

Livestock are being evacuated to Lakeside Rodeo Arena, 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040.

Ways to help:
If you would like to help, the best way to offer assistance is to make a donation to support our rescue, relief and assistance efforts.

PET DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION

For some quick tips on how to prepare for and evacuate with your pets in a disaster, click here.



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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018, 9:30 A.M.
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San Diego Humane Society is no longer staffing the evacuation center at Los Coches Creek Middle School. However, we are still supporting with supplies. The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties plans to close the shelter altogether at noon today.

According to Cal Fire San Diego, the West Fire firefighters continue to make great progress. The fire is 505 acres and 92% contained.

Here’s the latest damage assessment:

Homes Destroyed: 34
Homes Damaged: 15
Accessory Buildings Destroyed: 21
Accessory Buildings Damaged: 5
Commercial Building Destroyed: 1

We are so grateful to our staff and volunteers who helped families in Alpine care for their animals during this time of distress. Also a big thank you to our Humane Law Enforcement officers who were on the front lines, rescuing kittens from a burning home.


SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018, NOON
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The American Red Cross Los Coches Creek Middle School shelter is likely to remain open until Sunday morning. There are about 100 registered clients at the shelter and less than 20 pets are being cared for by San Diego Humane Society staff and volunteers. Until the power is restored to the homes in the affected area, no one is likely to return to their residence. With the high temperatures, ARC expects possibly more people to seek relief at the school. At 11 a.m. Cal Fire was in a planning meeting for changing the evacuation zone. Everything east at that time remained closed.


SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018, 8:30 A.M.
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The American Red Cross Los Coches Creek Middle School shelter remains open; no word yet on when it might close. No new families came overnight. Currently, San Diego Humane Society staff and volunteers are keeping watch over one dog, six cats and a rabbit at the shelter. Things have quieted down.


FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018, 8:50 P.M.
According to Chief of  Humane Law Enforcement Steve MacKinnon, San Diego Humane Society dispatch is shutting down and the Animal Rescue Reserve is being released from the staging area. The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties will keep the Los Coches Creek Middle School shelter open through the night and San Diego Humane Society staff and volunteers will continue taking in and providing care for companion animals. All total at the shelter were 15 families and 22 animals. Meanwhile, at the Lakeside Rodeo Arena’s temporary evacuation site for livestock, there were a dozen horses and some Alpacas, miniature horses and goats settling in for the evening. A special shout out of appreciation to the amazing first responders.


FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018, 8:45 P.M.
According to Chief of  Humane Law Enforcement Steve MacKinnon, San Diego Humane Society dispatch is shutting down and the Animal Rescue Reserve is being released from the staging area. The American Red Cross will keep the Los Coches Creek Middle School shelter open through the night, and San Diego Humane Society staff and volunteers will continue taking in and providing care for companion animals. All total at the shelter were 15 families and 22 animals. Meanwhile, at the Lakeside Rodeo Arena’s temporary evacuation site for livestock, there were a dozen horses and some Alpacas, miniature horses and goats settling in for the evening. (Delete)The fireA special shout out of appreciation to the amazing first responders.


Friday, July 6, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
The Los Coches Creek Middle School shelter has opened (9669 Dunbar Lane, El Cajon, CA 92021). We are currently taking in companion animals.

Livestock are being evacuated to Lakeside Rodeo Arena, 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040.


Friday, July 6, 2018, 5 p.m.
The 24-hour emergency number for County of San Diego Department of Animal Services
is 619-236-2341.


Friday, July 6, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Cal Fire San Diego now reports the fire is at 400 acres and 5% contained.


FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018, 4 p.m.
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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018, 3 p.m.
We are in the process of setting up a shelter at Los Coches Creek Middle School, 9669 Dunbar Lane, El Cajon, CA 92021, in conjunction with the American Red Cross.

Livestock are being evacuated to Lakeside Rodeo Arena, 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040.

The best thing for your pets is to take them with you when you evacuate, if at all possible. If you have companion animals or livestock you cannot evacuate yourself, please call County of San Diego Department of Animal Services at 619-236-2341.


Friday, July 6, 2018, 2:12 p.m.
Brush fires reported in San Diego’s East County, have burned several structures and have prompted an evacuation of most of the foothill community of Alpine.

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REMINDERS: 
• The air quality is very poor right now, so it’s best for you and your pets to remain indoors if possible.



#LilacFire  December, 13, 2017

Dec. 13: Our Oceanside Campuses reopen today at 10 a.m.  A special thank you to the community for all your support.


Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.: #LilacFire Update: Fortunately, the fire at 75% containment. But please continue to stay alert as there is still a high wind warning tonight. We have incredible volunteers and dedicated staff at the Palomar College Red Cross shelter at least through tonight for displaced pets with their owners. We are continuing to redirect stray animals and owner-surrenders to our Escondido and San Diego Campuses. We will be extending the stray hold for animals at these campuses by an additional 4 days so that pet owners have additional time to reunite with their lost pets. We’re remaining sensitive to the fact that it may take longer to locate their pets with the closure of our Oceanside Campus. We still anticipate moving animals back and opening our Oceanside Campus by this Wednesday.


Dec. 9 at 3:15 p.m.: #LilacFire Update: As fire evacuees are returning to their homes, they may discover pets are missing or gone astray. To locate a lost pet or report a lost pet, access the Department of Animal Services and San Diego Humane Society’s “lost and found” website links. We also are encouraging evacuees to visit San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido and San Diego Campuses as well as DAS shelters.

San Diego Humane Society’s Oceanside Campus, temporarily closed due to the fire, will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 13. All stray and owner-surrendered pets are being redirected to the Escondido Campus.

Here are the links to the Lost and Found instructions and information:

– Diego Humane Society Lost and Found: https://www.sdhumane.org/lost-and-found/

– Department of Animal Services Lost and Found: http://www.sddac.com/content/sdc/das/lost-found.html


Dec. 8 at 2:45 p.m.: #LilacFire Update: The following events and classes are canceled this weekend:

  • Marvelous Manners training class in Oceanside
  • Mutt Mixers in Oceanside and Escondido

We apologize for any inconvenience. Our first priority right now is keeping our pets safe and helping the animals in our community. Keep checking back here or join our Facebook community to keep updated.

Any stray animals in the affected areas will be transported to the nearest Red Cross shelter. If you or someone close to you has lost a pet, please check our lost and found page here.

San Diego Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Officers and our Animal Rescue Reserve volunteers continue working in and out of the fire zones to evacuate animals and get them to safety. The outpouring of support and offers of assistance from our community have been heartwarming. What’s most needed at this time are donations – both monetary and supplies. We’re in need of wire crates in good condition, bedding, clean blankets and towels, dog waste bags, paper towels, sturdy trash bags, water bowls and drinking water in jugs or bottles can be dropped off at our San Diego or Escondido Campuses. Monetary donations to support these rescue efforts can be made here.


Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.: #LilacFire Update: Current Evacuation Shelters accepting pets:

Palomar College: 1140 W. Mission Rd. San Marcos, CA 92069

Del Mar Fairgrounds – Large animal shelter ONLY: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, CA 92014

REMINDERS: 
• The air quality is very poor right now, so it’s best for you and your pets to remain indoors if possible.

• Please take your pets with you if you have to evacuate, if at all possible. If you have companion animals or livestock you cannot evacuate yourself, please call San Diego Humane Society’s dispatch at 619-243-3466 for assistance. Remember to leave early – don’t wait – so you and your pets can stay safe.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: 
• We’re currently in need of the following supplies – they can be dropped off at our San Diego or Escondido Campuses: Bedding, wire crates, dog and cat food, bowls.
• You can also help by making a donation to support our rescue, relief and assistance efforts here.


Dec. 7 at 11:25 p.m.: More than 100 San Diego Humane Society staff and volunteers have evacuated dogs, cats, kittens and small animals at its Oceanside Campus in anticipation of evacuation. 194 animals are being evacuated from San Diego Humane Society’s Oceanside Campus and being transported to safety at its San Diego Campus. “The shelter is not in a mandatory evacuation zone at this time, but we’re being proactive to get these animals to safety as soon as possible,” says Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society. “We’re not waiting to see if the fire continues to head west. I could not be more proud that more than 100 employees and volunteers were here within an hour to help move these animals. We’ve taken care of the shelter animals so we can concentrate on helping the residents of Oceanside and Vista to evacuate their animals as well.”


Dec. 7 at 5:15 p.m.: Temporary evacuation shelters have also been set up at Fallbrook High School on South Stage Coach Lane and Great Oak High School on Deer Hollow Way.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds and the San Diego Polo Fields in Del Mar opened up their grounds for large animal evacuations. They are asking people who bring animals to bring hay, halters and buckets with them if they can. After dark, all evacuations will be sent to the fairgrounds.

More about large animal evacuations at Del Mar here – http://www.delmarfairgrounds.com/index.php?fuseaction=about.evacuation

We’ve created this web page for continuous emergency updates and tips on how to prepare for and evacuate with your pets in a disaster. Please help us by sharing this important information so we can ensure people and animals get the help they need.

Other ways you can help animals include dropping off pet supplies at any of our three campuses – Escondido, Oceanside and San Diego – or ordering them from our wish lists, or making a donation to support our rescue, relief and assistance efforts.


Dec. 7 at 3:20 p.m.: #LilacFire evacuees with pets can go to the East Valley Community Center (2245 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido). We are working with the Red Cross to care for any pets evacuated with their families.


Quick Resources: As portions of San Diego County are on fire, we wanted to pass along the below websites that have up to date information: