Emergency Message: Wildfire San Diego-Mexico Border

The U.S. Consulate General Tijuana alerts U.S. citizens of a fast moving wildfire in the Tecate area of Baja California.  On June 19 and 20, 2016, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection issued mandatory evacuation notices for several areas north of the border.  Mexican Civil Protection authorities issued a similar alert for Tecate residents.  Mexican authorities have also initiated preventative measures in areas close to the Tecate border.  They recommended residents in the Tecate area wear face masks, ensure proper hydration, avoid driving vehicles in areas with dry foliage as it could spark a fire, and asked residents to call 066 if they observe any smoke or suspect fire.  Mexican authorities predict a 70% chance that the fire will cross the border and are prepared to mobilize available resources.

Please monitor local media for updates or possible changes and follow any instructions/warnings issued by the Mexican Government.  Preparations to protect life and property should be considered.  Please carry your travel documents (i.e. U.S. passport book or passport card) with you at all times or secure them by placing them in a safe, waterproof and fireproof location.  Please take reasonable precautions to avoid impact from the wildfire, such as avoiding use of roads and highways that have been closed or affected.  Drivers should remain vigilant for quickly changing conditions. Please visit http://www.proteccioncivil.tijuana.gob.mx/ and http://www.calfire.ca.gov for updates.

We recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Mexico, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico.  For further general information, check the websites for the U.S. Embassy and consulates at https://mx.usembassy.gov and the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana at https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/tijuana/.

Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana is located at Paseo de las Culturas s/n, Mesa de Otay, Delegación Centenario, Baja California Norte, Mexico, C.P. 22425 and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. and Mexican federal holidays).  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Consulate is (664) 977-2000 from Mexico, or from the U.S. (001) (52) 664-977-2000.  After business hours from Mexico (001) (619) 692-2154, from the U.S. (619) 692-2154.