On August 18th, 2020, residents of San Lorenzo Valley were evacuated due to the approaching CZU Lightning Complex fires. 

Authorities expect evacuation orders to be lifted in the reverse order of when they were imposed. Scotts Valley residents were allowed to return on August 27th. Evacuation orders have been lifted for Mount Hermon, Zayante, Lompico, parts of Bear Creek Road,  Davenport and parts of Felton as of August 29th, 2020.

Status 8/30

A total of 1,074 structures have burned in Santa Cruz County, of which 720 were single-family residences. Nearly 10,000 structures remain threatened in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties. About 40,000 residents remain evacuated, please check the link CZU link for the latest information regarding lifted orders.

CZU Update 8/30 6:00am



Updates for the fire are released twice a day. The report contains incident and latest evacuation details. The Calfire link is updated frequently. Residents who want email updates may opt-in using the CalFire link below. The daily briefings have been scaled back and will be scheduled on an as-needed basic going forward. They are broadcast live on KSBW - if you miss it live, visit the Facebook  page to view the operational videos. 


Santa Cruz Recovery Center

A Recovery Resource Center is available at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, providing multiple resources to victims of the CZU Lightning Complex fire. The county has brought together multiple agencies to assist evacuees. 

140 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA, ARENA MAP.

Shelter Information

Shelters are available to county residents. Please advise staff of any special needs that have to be accomodated. Mental health services are available on site. Pets are allowed, though must be under the owner’s control or in a carrier. See shelter status here

FEMA Hotel Program: Evacuees may be eligible for a no-cost hotel stay for the duration of their evacuation. For questions about eligibility, call the hotline at (831) 454-2181 or visit any shelter site. Hotel guests must check out within 24 hours of repopulation. For more information or to extend your current stay, visit the California Department of General Services.


Cal Fire will announce zone by zone when specific evacuation orders are lifted. Click the link below to find out which evacuation zone your home is in.


To find your evacuation zone, find your home location on the map - clicking there will show you which evacuation zone your home is in.


The latest CZU Lightning Complex evacuation map can be found by clicking the link below.


What to bring/wear, what to be aware of etc. when your evacuation order is lifted and you return home.