Response & Emergency Info as Silver Fire Burns in California

Like too many fires before it, the Silver Fire near Banning, Calif., has kept local residents, businesses and emergency responders on high alert.  So far this year, there have been more than 4,300 fires that have burned 71,539 acres according to CAL FIRE, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.  

And history has shown that Mother Nature likes to strike in the month of August.

Recent reports indicate the Silver Fire has already burned more than 10,000 acres, and that number continues to grow. Throughout the inferno, Verizon has been standing by, providing communications assistance to first responders, as well as those they are protecting.  For example, Verizon has installed 25 phone lines and one data line for the California Fire Command Center, and we have teamed up with the American Red Cross to support the following evacuation centers:

Beaumont High School, 39139 Cherry Valley Blvd., Beaumont

Hemet High School, 41701 E. Stetson Ave., Hemet

For emergency preparedness tips, and Verizon service FAQs, please visit:


To view your county’s specific emergency plan and Reverse 911 system, please visit http://www22.verizon.com/about/community/ca_reverse911.htm

Residential customers can contact Verizon at www.verizon.com/outage

and small business customers can visit www.verizon.com/bizoutage to check on outage issues in their area. Residential and small business customers can also call 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966) to report service-related issues.