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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Monterey Park Fire Department Hill and Woolsey Fires Update

The Monterey Park Fire Department currently has two fire engines stationed in the Malibu area assisting with the fire attack. Both engines were initially dispatched to the Thousand Oaks area to battle the Hill Fire but were re-directed to Malibu when the Woolsey Fire broke out. A total of eight personnel have been on the fire line since November 8.

Additional Information from the Monterey Park Fire Department Regarding How to Help Fire Victims; Smoke Exposure Advisory

How can I donate to help the victims of these fires?
If you have not been affected by the fires but would like to help those in need, volunteering either your time or tangible donations are greatly needed. The Monterey Park Fire Department offers the following guidelines to help keep you protected during this fire season along with approved assistance guidelines should you wish to help those in need.

Donate Goods or Services

  • Give an evacuee or a firefighter a free place to stay through Airbnb. Find out more here.
  • If you’re in California, donate non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army Ventura Corps, which is providing food and shelter to victims and first responders.
  • Caring Choices in Butte County is currently looking for medical volunteers.
  • Other volunteer opportunities related to the fires are posted on California Volunteersincluding financial and other donations.

Help Animals

Donate Money

  • GoFundMe has set up pages to directly help people affected by the fires. Head here to help.
  • American Red Cross: The Red Cross is providing both shelter and emotional support for evacuees. They also have an online tool that people can use to register themselves as safe so loved ones can find them. You can visit RedCross.org, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation.

Smoke Exposure Advisory 

Even if you don't live or work near a major fire, you can still be affected by smoke particles in the air. So, what's in that smoke, and how much should you worry about it? Depending on the fire, the smoke can be made up of various substances including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, water vapor, particulate matter, organic chemicals, nitrogen oxides and more. Exposure to smoke can cause a range of health effects, so it is important to make sure you and your loved ones are protected from any unnecessary exposure. Particulate matter is the main public health threat during short-term exposure to wildfire smoke, so it’s crucial to protect yourself.

What should I do if I'm in an area affected by smoke?
Stay indoors; close all doors and windows. Everyone should avoid vigorous outdoor and indoor activity. Those with respiratory difficulties or heart problems, as well as the elderly and young children should all remain indoors. Keep windows closed and run your air conditioner if possible. Running an indoor air filter is effective in helping reduce the amount of polluted air inside the home. Do not use any indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances or fireplaces. When smoke subsides, you should air out your home to clear any polluted air that might be trapped inside.

What if I don’t have air conditioning, and it’s too hot to stay inside?
Heat can be dangerous to anyone, but especially the elderly and very young. If you rely on open windows and doors for cooling, AQMD recommends you stay with friends or family, or head to a clean air shelter.

What if I have to be outside?
The best thing to do is to seek shelter, but if you must be outside, being prepared is key. Wearing a special N95 or P100 respirator mask can help protect you against the fine particles in smoke. Paper or surgical masks are not effective in preventing inhalation of smoke. 

Who is the most vulnerable to smoke exposure?
Most healthy people will recover quickly if exposed to smoke, but there’s a large number of people who should take extra precaution. People with asthma and those with cardiovascular or respiratory diseases can experience worsening of their conditions if they inhale smoke. The elderly, young children and pregnant women are all sensitive populations that should avoid exposure. In addition, smokers should beware, because they may not feel symptoms of exposure as acutely as non-smokers. 

What if I’m driving through an area affected by smoke?
A car should only be used to leave an area, not as shelter. If you’re in a car, close windows and doors and run your car’s air conditioner, making sure you’re circulating the air already in the car and not pulling in fresh/smoky air. However, according to the AQMD, carbon dioxide levels can spike quickly in newer cars if vents and windows are closed and the circulation setting is on. It’s a good idea to crack the windows once you're in there for a while to prevent grogginess. 

Media Contact 
Division Chief Matt Hallock, PIO, Monterey Park Fire Department
MHallock@montereypark.ca.gov 
626-307-1270
www.MontereyPark.ca.gov

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