With fires sweeping across Southern California and encroaching on urban areas in a way seldom seen, the City of West Hollywood is urging citizens to be prepared and sign up for emergency notifications…

Several fires are currently burning in the Southern California region. This includes the Skirball Fire, located in the Bel Air neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles.

There is no immediate threat for the City of West Hollywood.

The City of West Hollywood is served by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which is providing timely updates on Twitter @LACoFDPIO www.twitter.com/lacofdpio. This includes details about telephone information lines that have been set up regarding specific fires and containment updates.

For specific updates regarding the Skirball Fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department is providing updates on Twitter @LAFD www.twitter.com/LAFD.

Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification called Alert LA County, which is used to contact residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages, or e-mail messages in case of emergency. City of West Hollywood residents are encouraged to sign up for updates at www.lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la and to follow the City of West Hollywood’s regular updates on Twitter at @wehocity www.twitter.com/wehocity.

According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, smoke from Southern California fires has caused poor air quality that affects all individuals in the areas of direct smoke and impacts unhealthy air quality. South Coast AQMD is providing updates regarding air quality on its website at www.aqmd.gov.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a Smoke Advisory; throughout Los Angeles County, sensitive individuals, such as those with heart disease, asthma, or other respiratory disease, should follow recommendations to avoid unnecessary outdoor exposure and to limit physical exertion (whether indoor or outdoor), such as exercise. Updates will be provided on Twitter @lapublichealth www.twitter.com/lapublichealth.

The City of West Hollywood encourages community members to review emergency preparedness plans. Plan ahead with neighbors, family members, and for pets and refresh emergency supply kits, water, and food supplies.

For emergency services and disaster preparedness tips, please visit www.weho.org/publicsafety.

Many regular visitors to West Hollywood live in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys as well as Ventura County, So our community is impacted if not directly threatened at present.

Nonetheless it is wise to be prepared!!!