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December 7, 2023

Santa Cruz County asks visitors to leave as fires spread down mountains

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center is requesting that all tourists and visitors occupying local overnight accommodations such as hotels, motels and vacation rentals leave immediately to free up shelter capacity.

Local shelters are near capacity. The Emergency Operations Center is working with local agencies including cities, colleges and universities, school districts and others to increase capacity. But “the scale of existing and anticipated evacuation orders is unprecedented and the need to safely house evacuees is critical,” County spokesman Jason Hoppin said.

People leaving can go south on Highway 1 or north on Highway 17. New visitors should not travel to the county. 

Evacuees should first seek shelter with friends and family. The current evacuation map is here. For information on evacuation accommodations, call 211 or Red Cross at 1-866-272-2237. 

The county is asking people with extra capacity to volunteer in-law units, spare bedrooms and even tents for evacuees. 

Visit Santa Cruz County is creating a database here of local hotels with capacity for evacuees.  Other places offering shelter can be found on Twitter with the hashtag #LightningShelter

The county also needs donations of tents and cases of water. These can be delivered to the county warehouse at the rear of the Emeline complex, 1082 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz.

Find additional evacuation info and resources here

Tony Nuñez
Tony Nuñez
Tony Nuñez is a longtime member of the Watsonville community who served as Sports Editor of The Pajaronian for five years and three years as Managing Editor. He is a Watsonville High, Cabrillo College and San Jose State University alumnus.

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