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Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the recent California wildfires, particularly those who have suffered fire losses, smoke damage, and dislocation from evacuation orders in the ongoing Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.   Our communities are strong and we will recover, and our Tolman & Wiker team is actively engaged in assisting our clients and community members in the region during and following these disasters.    Here are some very useful resources, and we encourage you to contact us directly so that we can be of service to you.

Claims Guidance:

Emergency Alerts, Fire and Evacuation Status Updates:

Air Quality:

Community Assistance/Community Support:

Safety Guidance:

After a Wildfire:

  • When it is safe to do so, inspect the roof and exterior, initially from a distance, for any sparks or embers. Wildfires may have left burning embers that could re-ignite.

  • Do not enter a fire-damaged building unless authorities say it is safe. If you are cleared to enter, wear sturdy shoes and long pants and look out for signs of heat or smoke.

  • If your home was damaged, have an electrician check your household wiring before the current is turned back on.

  • Recheck for smoke and sparks throughout the home, including the attic for several hours.

  • Debris from burned buildings and homes may contain toxic substances because of the many synthetic, hazardous, and other materials present. Take precautions while cleaning your property. Wear protective glasses or goggles to protect your eyes and wear gloves.

  • Discard food, beverages, and medicines that have been exposed to heat, smoke, or soot. Refrigerators and freezers left closed only hold their temperature for a short time.

  • If you have a safe or strong box, do not try to open it right away. It can hold intense heat for several hours.

  • Around your home, avoid damaged or fallen power poles or lines, and downed wires. Immediately report electrical damage to authorities.

  • Be careful around burned trees and power poles. They may have lost stability due to fire damage.

  • Watch for ash pits and mark them for safety. Ash pits are holes full of hot ashes, created by burned trees and stumps.

  • Visually check the stability of the trees. Any tree that has been weakened by fire may be a hazard.