Northern California Wildfires

As August 2020 comes to a close, multiple wildfires continue to threaten millions of acres across Northern California. As of Monday, Aug. 24, the most significant areas of fire activity include:

  • LNU Complex (Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, Solano Counties)
  • CZU Complex (San Mateo, Santa Cruz Counties)
  • SCU Complex (Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus Counties)

This activity spreads quickly, and can change at any moment. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) maintains a map of general locations of major fires burning in California.

If your business is operating or managing a team in these areas, it is important to stay focused and vigilant on safety procedures. We encourage you to continue to monitor fire conditions, and above all follow regionally mandated evacuation procedures as they come in.

Read on to find more fleet management resources through ARI to help you and your team stay safe as these fires move through the area.

Vehicle Support

If you need support with your ARI vehicles and are enrolled in our maintenance program, please contact our 24/7 Technical Resource Centers at (800) 227-2273. We can facilitate vehicle recovery as well as coordinate replacement of wheels, tires, and applicable filters in your vehicles. For non-maintenance related needs, please contact your ARI support team.

Fuel Availability

The Gas Buddy Fuel Availability Tracker can help locate fueling stations in the event of reduced supplies.  Drivers can also download the WEX Connect or Gas Buddy app, which will help in identifying locations with recent fuel transactions.  If the price per gallon has not been updated over several hours, it is probable that the station has run out of fuel. Recent updates to the price per gallon are a good indication that the station still has fuel.

Fleet Safety Tips for Wildfires 

According to the College of Natural Resources at U.C. Berkeley, being trapped in your vehicle is one of the leading causes of wildfire deaths. The best way to avoid danger is to evacuate as soon as officials advise, but if you find yourself on the road in these conditions, remember these safety tips from Cal Fire and FEMA:

  • Avoid smoke
    • Drive away from smoke when you see it. Have a backup route ready and don’t attempt to outrace flames, which are known to jump and spread erratically
  • Park smart
    • Park in a space clear of vegetation, like an empty parking lot or area without grass or flammable material
  • Close up
    • Leave your engine on and close all your windows and air vents; this will help keep smoke out of the car
  • Lie low
    • Get below your windows and as close to the ground as possible to avoid radiant heat

If you’re in an area where wildfires are escalating, make sure to confirm specific safety procedures with your organization, monitor current conditions in your region, and heed all evacuation instructions issued by your local ordinances.