Summit Wildfire Update, Friday, May 23


The American Red Cross is providing assistance to the residents affected by the Summit Fire that has charred more than 3,000 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains and caused mandatory evacuations of more than 300 homes.   The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the American Red Cross opened a shelter in the Crosetti Building at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, located at 2601 East Lake Avenue in Watsonville. More than 20 people spent the night in the Red Cross shelter.  The American Red Cross will be providing food, shelter and counseling at this site until evacuated residents are allowed to return to their homes or until alternative housing is available.  The Salvation Army has already provided over 300 meals to evacuees as well as first responders not covered by CalFire.

American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles will going to the fire lines along Highway 152, as well as to the town of Corralitos to provide snacks, water, supplies, masks and information to evacuees and emergency personnel.

About 100 Red Cross volunteers from six Red Cross chapters (Bay Area, Carmel Area, Monterey-San Benito Counties, Palo Alto Area, Santa Clara Valley and Santa Cruz County) have been on the scene responding to meet the needs of those affected by the fire.

Residents should contact CAL FIRE at (831) 335-6717 or (831) 335-6718 for information on whether their homes are in an evacuation area.  Any residents who are unable to remain safely in their homes may evacuate to the Red Cross shelter.  For up-to-date information on shelter locations or to request Red Cross assistance contact your local chapter, as follows:

– American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter – (831) 462-2881

The Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority is assisting with large animal evacuation to the Fairgrounds. Approximately 120 horses, six goats and a cow have been evacuated to the fairgrounds.  People needing assistance moving livestock should call (831) 454-7303. Household pets are being sheltered at the Santa Cruz Pet Resort in Santa Cruz.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases, including asthma. Individuals with respiratory illnesses should be take precautions to reduce and minimize exposure to wildfire smoke.  You can take steps to help protect yourself from wildfire smoke by:

  • Reducing the amount of time spent outdoors. This can usually provide some protection, especially in a tightly closed, air-conditioned house in which the air-conditioner can be set to re-circulate air instead of bringing in outdoor air. Staying inside with the doors and windows closed can usually reduce exposure.
  • Reducing the amount of time engaged in vigorous outdoor physical activity. This can be an important and effective strategy to lower the dose of inhaled air pollutants and minimize health risks during a smoke event.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is FREE, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. If you are interested in helping people affected by local disasters, such as the Summit Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, please  visit our website,

Wildfire Evacuation Site Information, 5/22

Wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains

An evacuation site has been established at the Fair Grounds in Watsonville, CA. Evacuees may go there to receive American Red Cross Services including prepared meals, counseling, and information.

Safe and Well

Register with the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let families and friends know that you are safe. If you are looking for someone from the affected area, check Safe and Well to find out if they are registered.