Emergencies

Tulare County's Emergencies portal provides information regarding fire and law enforcement departments, and other resources near you. This portal also provides relevant weather related information and Twitter feeds from first response agencies. The County can also notify you of emergencies through our AlertTC system. Please sign up by click on the AlertTC logo in the menu to the left, or click here.

You can follow the County via SMS by texting "Follow County of Tulare' to 40404. Follow us on Twitter @CountyofTulare, and/or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/countyoftulare/.

Cedar Fire

The Cedar Fire is a U.S. Forest Service wildland fire that started Tuesday, August 16, 2016, in Kern County. The Cedar Fire spread and continues to threaten communities in Tulare County.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the following communities:

  • Spear Creek Mountain Home

Evacuations lifted for:

  • Johnsondale south to the Tulare/Kern County Line
  • Pine Flat
  • California Hot Springs
  • Sugar Loaf, including Sugar Mountain Park and Sugar Loaf Village
  • Panorama Heights
  • McClenney Tract
  • Spear Creek Mountain Homes
  • White River Summer Homes
  • Portuguese Meadow
  • Balance Rock
  • Poso Park
  • Posey
  • Idlewild
  • Manter Meadow
  • Pine Mountain Ranch Homes
  • Rainbow Ranch
  • Portuguese Meadow

Current road closures include:

24s94 @ 23s16 into Spear Creek

Road Closure Map:

 

Dumpster locations will be available for residents to dispose of any spoiled food, trash or debris at Posey Fire Station and the Posey Post Office.

Repopulation efforts are underway with assistance from the American Red Cross located at the Posey Fire Station. The American Red Cross will also have "Clean-up Kits" available for the residents of Spear Creek. If you are in need of any assistance from the American Red Cross, you can meet with a representative at the Posey Fire Station starting September 2, 2016, or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

 

Tree Mortality

Since 2012, record drought and record temperatures, have weakened trees throughout California, resulting in millions of acres of failing forestland that then become vulnerable to disease and infestation. Infestation, such as those caused by native bark beetles, have caused tree mortality of epidemic proportions.

The scale of tree mortality in California contributes to significantly increased wildfire risks, and presents life safety risks due to falling trees that can injure or kill people.

Due to these increased risks, California and Tulare County have proclaimed states of emergency for tree mortality.

Read more here.

 

Drought

California is in the middle of one of the most severe droughts in recorded state history. In response to forecasted drought conditions through 2015, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors proclaimed a state of local emergency on February 4, 2014, following Governor Brown's State of Emergency proclamation of January 17, 2014. The County Board of Supervisors called for state legislators to place a water bond on a future ballot, and formed an ad hoc committee to address future water advocacy strategy.

Tulare County's Office of Emergency Services (OES) program has been tasked with the overal coordination of the County's responses to this drought emergency, and maintains this website for the purpose of distributing and collecting information, and for publishing a list of resources that may help provide a degree of relief to families that have been affected by the drought.

In Need of Assistance?

If you have been affected by the drought, and are in need of assistance, please check the following pages for information and resources:

Read more here.

Cooling Centers

The Tulare County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program coordinates the operation of Cooling Centers throughout the County during the summer months.  Cooling Centers are operated voluntarily by their respective owners, as a service to the community. These facilities are equipped with air conditioning, seating, and restrooms, and may also provide vending machines, reading materials, and/or activities. Contact Cooling Centers near you to find out what services are offered and the hours of operation.

Read more here | En Español