Hello Morgan Hill!
This past week was incredibly challenging...ABC was in town, restaurants were told to close their outdoor dining, fires, power outages and phone issues! We thank you Morgan Hill for your patience, support and resilience. We are all being asked to deal with so much right now, some more than others. Please make sure you have the support you need.
Thank you to our awesome Public Safety Teammates!
We wanted to provide a huge shout out to our
Morgan Hill Fire Department,
Morgan Hill Police Department
and several other agencies that responded so quickly to ensure that our community was safe and that the
was quickly contained. Many of the same resources that fought the Park Fire were redirected to a small fire off of Railroad south of Tennant and to the
in unincorporated Gilroy, which is still burning. At times like these we realize how incredibly important our public safety resources are and how necessary it is to have adequate funding for these services.
Thank you to the brave men and women, and their families, who make our safety their top priority.
Ready For Wildfire
The events of this past week have been a sad reminder that wildfire is a serious threat to our local community. We encourage everyone to visit
to learn how you can be better prepared. We all have a responsibility to be prepared.
Fire Containment, Control and Mop-up
We thought we would share a few definitions of terms you hear on reports of fires and the progress being made.
- Containment: A fire is contained when it is surrounded on all sides by some kind of boundary but is still burning and has the potential to jump a boundary line. The boundary may be a “fire line” which is a strip of area where the vegetation has been removed to deny the fire fuel, or a river, a freeway or some other barrier which is expected to stop the fire. Hose lines from fire engines may also contribute to a fire being surrounded and contained.
- Control: A fire is controlled when there is no further threat of it jumping a containment line. While crews continue to do mop-up work within the fire lines, the fire fight is over.
- Mop-up: Extinguishing or removing burning material near control lines, felling snags, and trenching or moving logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned, to make a fire safe, or to reduce residual smoke.
It's Time to Prepare for Public Safety Power Shutdowns (PSPS)
PG&E has made significant progress over the past year and it appears that any PSPS should be far less impactful to Morgan Hill than in the fall of 2019. However, it is still important that everyone prepare for the possibility of being without power for a few days in a row. Please visit the
Public Safety Power Shutdown website
today to ensure you are signed up to receive notifications from PG&E and to understand how to be prepared.
PSPS Exercise in Our Community on July 17th
PG&E will conduct a PSPS internal exercise in our community on Friday July 17
This will include the use of helicopters to patrol area overhead lines. There should be no power shut down as part of the exercise, but you will be aware of helicopters flying over Morgan Hill.
Be well and stay safe Morgan Hill!