Architects Helping Wildfire Communities

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Crews are making progress in knocking down the week-old fires in five Southern California counties and mandatory evacuations have been lifted in parts of Ventura County.

Authorities are reporting that the Thomas fire has spread to 234, 200 acres and is at 20% containment. However, the coastal region including Carpinteria, Montecito, and Summerland are now being watched for possible evacuation. Terrain and winds have made the Thomas fire particularly difficult to battle, however the number of structures destroyed stands at 798 and indicate that there has been some stabilization in the residential areas.

California’s mutual aid system has been hard at work with 1,052 fire engines deployed from borderless local governments, Cal OES, Cal Fire, federal and other agency neighbors. As of today, CalOES has issued a request to AIACC to begin the deployment of Safety Assessment Program building evaluators for a brief assignment in Ventura. There has been a total of 17 evaluator deployments since the October wildfires.

The AIACC has developed and launched a public-facing website, ArchitectsHelp.org was created as a resource for those both dealing with the devastating effects of a disaster as well as a vehicle to help those not impacted consider preparedness options. We invite members to explore the website, and share the tools, resources, and content that will prepare ourselves to be informed, ready, and resilient communities.

For more information or how you can assist, please contact Melissa Barton, 916-642-1711.

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