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Posted on: August 23, 2020

Evacuation Warning (SCU Lightning Complex Fire) Info for Fremont

SCU Lightning Complex Fire map with Evacuation Warning area in yellow

Good morning afternoon,

This is a early afternoon update for Sunday, August 23, 2020, and we plan to have at least one additional update this evening, unless something significantly changes during the day.

The City of Fremont is working hard on your behalf to ensure you stay safe and are well informed. Staff from the Fremont Fire Department and Police Department is attending multiple meetings and briefings daily at the CalFire operations center to stay informed and up to date on the most current information.  By working together, we can help ensure we all move through this event safely. Thank you for your support and doing your part to be prepared and stay safe. 

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During times such as these, accurate information provided by a trusted source is critical for everyone. We encourage you to rely upon the City of Fremont and CAL FIRE as your trusted source. Both the City (and our fire and police departments) and CAL FIRE go through an extensive review and vetting process for all information and resources that we share. This process is important to ensure accuracy and reliability during chaotic and quickly changing events such as this fire incident. We work tirelessly to keep you well informed.

Evacuation Warning Map – Fremont 

Online map 

City of Fremont SCU Lightning Complex Fire Webpage

City webpage  


The most significant concern at this time is the upcoming weather system.  

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the Bay Area, including Alameda County beginning Sunday morning (8/23/20 at 5:00 a.m.) lasting until Monday (8/24/20 at 5:00 p.m.).  Due to the Red Flag Warning, an Evacuation Warning has being issued for areas of Fremont in advance of the weather event because of the remoteness of this area and the limited egress routes, which may be inaccessible should fire activity increase in the area. For those with pets or livestock, as well as those with access and functional needs, you are encouraged to make arrangements and even leave the area in advance to give yourself extra time.  All others should be prepared to leave if the situation worsens or if you perceive a fire threat.


We do not have an estimate of when the evacuation warning might turn into an order or how much longer we might remain in a warning status. Please be patient and understand  it is better to err on the side of safety. 

If asked to evacuate, those Fremont residents in the evacuation zone will be requested to quickly grab their to-go bags, family members, and domestics pets and head away from the hills using major roadways such as Mission Blvd., Paseo Padre Pkwy., Warm Springs Blvd., etc., to go west, north, or south.  Police officers from Fremont and likely other agencies will be roving along these roadways to assist with traffic flow.  Please drive slow, be cautious, and follow the direction of officers working traffic control.  Extra patience will be imperative as we work together as a team to make this happen!

Evacuation Warning - Residents are advised of a potential threat to life and property. There is a possibility for an Evacuation Order and residents should prepare to evacuate.  Residents in the evacuation warning area are encouraged to begin making plans for temporary shelter.  We encourage residents to contact friends, family and/or local hotels outside of the evacuation warning area for possible shelter.

Temporary Short-Term Evacuation Site - If a mandatory evacuation order is issued, a temporary evacuation point will be in the parking lot adjacent to the softball fields at Central Park on Stevenson Blvd.  City staff will be on site to provide further information and resources. Further information on an evacuation shelter and/or hotel resources are forthcoming.

Evacuation Warning Tips and Preparation

It’s imperative that residents living within the evacuation warning area begin preparing for an evacuation.  We will continue to provide warning and status updates, however when an actual evacuation is ordered, it’s likely there will be very little advance warning.  The current evacuation warning serves as that intermediate communication to be prepared.

Residents are encouraged to prepare a to-go bag that includes at minimum wallet, purse, keys, cell phones and chargers, emergency cash and credit cards, pets, carriers, leashes, food, hearing aids, glasses and medication, critical documents and financial information, a checkbook, clothes for approximately 3 days. Additional resources to help residents prepare.

Additional information on preparing your home, family, and pets for wildfire evacuation


Please ensure that your evacuation plan includes taking your domestic pets with you.  For animal-related emergencies in Fremont, please call 510-790-6635.  If you have livestock and need assistance, please contact Alameda County Animal Services at 925-803-7041 to help make arrangements.


National and Local Weather 

The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings; A friendly reminder to drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area.  There will be smoke in the respective areas as firefighters continue firefighting operations. If at any time you feel unsafe, please call 9-1-1.

Please only call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.  For non-urgent matters, or missing persons, please call the Fremont Police Department non-emergency number at 510-790-6800 extension 3.  

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