Wildfire Information

Lilac Fire Recovery Resources

  • Starting December 11, 2017,  the County of San Diego has opened a Local Assistance Center (LAC) to help survivors of the Lilac Fire begin the rebuilding and recovery process. The LAC is located at the Vista branch library, located at 700 Eucalyptus Avenue in Vista, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, click here.

  • Residents who live in the unincorporated part of San Diego County may call the Recovery Assistance Hotline at 858.495.5200 or send an e-mail to CountyFireRecovery@sdcounty.ca.gov. Both will be staffed by county employees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Residents in incorporated cities looking for recovery assistance are encouraged to contact their city. The County has also launched a recovery website available at www.sdcountyrecovery.com.

  • Senator Bates’ Encinitas District Office is also available for North County constituents in the 36th Senate District who need assistance in navigating state agencies. The office phone number is 760.642.0809 and is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

  • For assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that can be used to help rebuild, repair or replace housing and personal property, please visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

  • For information regarding the insurance claims process from the Insurance Information Institute, click here and here.

  • The California Department of Insurance also has information for wildfire victims: click here.

  • For the latest updates on the response to the Lilac Fire, go to www.sdcountyemergency.com. For information on fire recovery assistance, go to www.sdcountyrecovery.com.

General Wildfire Information

For the latest fire information in San Diego County, visit www.SDCountyEmergency.com.

For the latest fire information in Orange County, visit www.ocfa.org.

For the latest information on fire conditions in California, visit CAL FIRE’s website at www.fire.ca.gov.

Wildfire PSA
Click here to view a 30 second public service announcement on wildfires.

Dear Neighbor,

Wildfires pose a major threat to California. Even without severe drought conditions, Southern California is just a spark and a Santa Ana wind gust away from seeing major damage.

Please consider the important steps below to protect you, your family, property and neighborhood.

Thank you to CAL FIRE for providing much of the helpful information below. I hope you and your family will review the information and be “Ready—Set—Go.”



Is Your Home Ready?


Is your home fire-safe? Hardening your home is an important first step. There are many simple and inexpensive things you can do to lower your risk of a fire.

  1. Create 100 feet of defensible space around your home. Remove dry and/or dead vegetation from around your home.
  2. Remove piles of lumber and debris to allow better firefighter access and lessen fire damage.
  3. Remove dead leaves and needles from your roof and gutters.
  4. Review your insurance policies and take photos on your smartphone or video camera to document your belongings. Keep the video/photos outside the home.


  1. Create a Wildfire Action Plan that ensures all members of your family understand, especially in more rural areas.
  2. Put together an emergency supply kit. Include batteries, flashlights, prescriptions, water, and more.
  3. Have a family communication plan. All members of your family should know where to go if your family is evacuated.


  1. When you are asked to evacuate – don’t hesitate. Your life and the lives of first responders are put at greater risk when evacuation instructions are not followed.

Find more wildfire preparedness information go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org.

Helpful Links

During a wildfire, it may become difficult to get the information you need. To help prepare, here are some other links you may want to know now:

  • If you do not have a land line phone and only use a cell phone, add your cell phone to the reverse 911 dial program in your county. In an emergency, you will receive evacuation notices and instructions on your cell phone.

To register your phone in San Diego County, click here.

Alert San Diego

To register your phone in Orange County, click here.

Alert Orange County

  • Call 2-1-1 to learn of community, health, and disaster services. 2-1-1 is a free 24/7 phone service (Call 9-1-1 only in situations when immediate assistance is needed to respond to an emergency).