Regional Fire Status & Online Resources

DIAL 9-1-1 FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY. The Palo Alto Fire Department urges the community to dial 9-1-1 if you see fire in your area. We understand that smoke can be heavy at times, this is due to smoke from fires outside of Palo Alto. Please do not call 9-1-1 due to poor air quality.


The purpose of this webpage is to act as a single resource to share details as new information becomes available and if there are specific impacts to Palo Alto residents.

With several different fire incidents occurring regionally, it may be difficult to know where to find fire-related details, stay informed, and how to plan ahead. Our regional partners such as Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Santa Cruz County and CAL Fire have established several online resources to help inform and track fire developments.

Fire Status Updates

Status updates and online resources on the Santa Cruz Mountain and San Mateo County area fires called the CZU Lightning Complex Fire and the SCU Lightning Complex Fire and related fire information. Current City service updates due to fire impacts, smoke, poor air quality and more.


Evacuation Warnings and Orders

Information on how the City will inform residents if in fact there is an evacuation order. Please obey any evacuation order should one be issued, so emergency personnel can battle the fires and not be diverted to rescue operations.

NOTE: There are currently no evacuation orders in effect. 

If there are official evacuation orders in Palo Alto, here is what to expect:

  1. City of Palo Alto will send out a pre-evacuation WARNING through Nextdoor, Nixle and via social media (Twitter and Facebook). Santa Clara County may also send a pre-evacuation warning.
  2. Santa Clara County will send an official evacuation order through AlertSCC to impacted residents.
  3. City of Palo Alto will send an Emergency Alert reminder reinforcing the County’s order.

VIEW: Evacuation Route Map (Palo Alto Hills)


Wildfire Preparedness

Preparedness resources and ways to prepare for wildfires and potential fire evacuations.

Preparing in advance of being asked to evacuate increases the safety of residents and the public safety-first responders working hard to protect you. The fires burning throughout California are stretching fire personal statewide. Please help ensure you are ready to go if you are asked to evacuate.

For additional safety tips and to prepare, visit

VIEW: How to Prepare for an Evacuation (PDF)

Stay Informed

As updates are available on the CZU and SCU Lightning Complex fires, we will share details through the following ways: