Most VA services continue uninterrupted in Northern California fire zones


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Dry conditions and strong winds in Thursday’s forecast for northern California are not good news for the area as at least 22 wild fires continue to burn out of control, some destroying whole communities. Residents in the affected area should remain alert and evacuate if necessary, especially if directed to by local authorities.

The operating status of VA facilities remains fluid at this time as services and closures can change throughout the day.

Veterans whose facility or clinic falls under the San Francisco VA Health Care System can monitor its Facebook page for any changes in the status of its points of care. As of Thursday, Oct. 12 at noon ET:

  • Santa Rosa CBOC- closed through Friday, Oct. 13.
  • Clearlake CBOC – open for walk-ins. Staff will be calling Veterans with appointments to reschedule.
  • Ukiah CBOC – open for walk-ins. Staff will be calling Veterans with appointments to reschedule.
  • Eureka CBOC – open for walk-ins. Staff will be calling Veterans with appointments to reschedule.
  • VA shuttles will not be able to travel between the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the CBOCs on 10/12.
  • Veterans and family can text their zip code to 888777 for text updates on evacuation orders and road closures in your area.
  • Veterans who have been displaced and need medications should call the pharmacy at (800) 847-3203 (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for immediate assistance).
  • Veterans with smoke-related symptoms contact Telephone Linked Care at (800) 733-0502.

Veterans in the VA Northern California Health Care System area should monitor its Facebook page for the latest announcements.  The Fairfield Clinic was closed Oct. 11, but reopened Thursday.  At this time, all VA Northern California Health Care System Clinics are scheduled to be open and operational.

All VA Palo Alto Health Care System facilities are operating on their normal schedules. Any updates will be posted on the system’s Facebook page.

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Author

Gary Hicks

  is a public affairs specialist and serves as the senior writer in the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. He is a former managing editor of a daily newspaper and served in both the Army and Air Force prior to joining VA in 2006. Gary’s wife is an Air Force Senior NCO stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

Comments

  1. Martin Laurence Thomas Schmidt    

    Keep up the great work and stop trump from taking OUR benefiets and hard earned va care away. http://Www.vettix.org! David goggins badwater marathon. The man is an insparation to many inculding myself.

  2. Bryon deaven    

    When is the VA going to realize that not ALL people use social media. It took 2 days of calling until I found out that the Santa Rosa clinic was closed. Then I called the SF VA medical center with the suggestion that they put out some kind of announcement on the local tv stations and update the clinic’s. Voicemail msg, only to get hung up on. Even the patient experience representative blew me off when I called them with the same suggestion. In fact I was told that “it’s posted on FACEBOOK!”, to which I replied “not EVERYONE uses Facebook”. Way to get the word out. UNSAT!

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