A Collection of Today’s Gap Fire Press Releases
DP Summer Session; More Masks; New Call Center Number
[Press Releases from Santa Barbara County Emergency Operations]
Gap Fire Impacts Dos Pueblos High’s Summer Session. Classes will Resume on Monday, July 7, at La Colina Junior High School.
Beginning Monday, July 7, Dos Pueblos High School’s summer school program will resume at La Colina Junior High School, 4025 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara. La Colina has been reopened to accommodate more than 300 Dos Pueblos students. Staff from both schools are working together to prepare classrooms, transport books and materials, and establish food service. Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) has worked diligently to accommodate the unexpected transportation needs.
It is very important that students return to get the academic help they need to be successful in school. The summer session serves: English learners who are taking English to improve their skills and students; students who are behind in credits and are catching up to be on track for graduation or promotion; students taking courses specific to preparing them to pass the High School Exit Exam; and/or students who are retaking classes in which they had a difficult time meeting the standards.
“With so many Dos Pueblos High School staff living and working in areas affected by the Gap Fire, we are very appreciative of the incredible efforts they are making to maintain the summer school program. Summer school is still going on and students will be accommodated and safe,” stated Superintendent Brian Sarvis.
MTD will continue to provide transit service for Dos Pueblos-bound summer school students as follows:
Additional Mask Distribution Information, Saturday, July 5th
Direct Relief International (DRI), in cooperation with the Santa Barbara County Health Department and the City of Goleta will continue distributing free NIOSH N-95 face masks to residents who cannot avoid outdoor exposure to the wildland fire smoke generated by the Gap Fire.
Distribution will be from 12 p.m. 3 p.m. Saturday, July 5th, at the Camino Real Marketplace Kiosk between Borders and the movie theater.
New Call Center Established, Gap Fire Information Available at (805) 681-5195
In response to overwhelming call volume, Santa Barbara County has established a new Public Information Call Center for public on the Gap Fire.
Effective immediately, the public may call (805) 681-5195, for updates on the status of the incident. The line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to midnight to provide information as the fire situation changes and the risk to the community subsides.
The Los Padres National Forest Information Center, which is handling calls for the Gap Fire as well as the Basin Complex (Monterey County) and the Indians Fire, can still be reached at (805) 961-5770.
In addition to the call centers, information on the Gap Fire burning north of Goleta, is also available at www.countyofsb.org and www.inciweb.org, as well as on local cable channel 20 (CSBTV).