San Diego District letter carriers continued to deliver mail throughout the recent wildfires in that area.
The fires burned at least 18,000 acres and resulted in one non-postal death. Tens of thousands of residents were evacuated, and dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed. The fires appear to have been the result of a combination of severe drought conditions and high winds, authorities said.
While the fires burned, letter carriers wore respirator masks and drank lots of water to stay hydrated and counter the effects of the high winds and smoke. Carriers also kept their supervisors informed about changing conditions on their delivery routes.
“Our employees did an incredible job in safely delivering the mail where they had access and in making mail available to those whose homes, businesses or neighborhoods had been impacted by these fires,” said Pacific Area Vice President Dean Granholm.
San Diego District Manager Jim Olson said, “Employee safety is our first priority. I am very proud of our efforts to make sure mail got delivered to our customers, without endangering our people who process and deliver it.”
Customers in the areas where there were evacuations or road closures temporarily picked up their mail at their local Post Office.