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Oil Spill Update - October 8, 2021
posted on 10/11/2021.

Please find the latest information on the oil spill located off the coast of Huntington Beach. The City continues to work with our Federal, State and local partners on clean-up efforts and further protections.

  • The hours for the Huntington Beach oil spill hotline will be changing to Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Going forward, oil spill updates will be provided as new pertinent details become available, not daily. Please monitor our oil spill website for the latest.
  • A total of 5 aircraft, 18 boats and 738 people are supporting the clean-up efforts along the Orange County coast at this time. Unified Command stated that they anticipate having 1,500 people supporting the clean-up efforts by Wednesday of next week.
  • Unified Command announced that approximately 5,544 gallons of oil has been recovered from the water and 12,160 feet of boom has been deployed.
  • At this time, a total of 35 oiled birds have been recovered. Of that, 25 oiled birds have been found and are being cleaned and 10 oiled birds have died.
  • The Huntington Beach Fire Department continues to monitor the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. At this time, there is no oil within the area.
  • Significant cleaning efforts remain focused on the Talbert Marsh area today leading to a large improvement in the area. The Orange County Public Works constructed berm will be removed to allow for oxygen flow into the wetlands. Booms will remain in place.
  • Orange County Health Care Agency is working with South Coast Air Quality Management District and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct air quality monitoring through the use of mobile air surveys setup at 12 sites along the Orange County coastline. At this time, air samples are within a typical range.
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced new opportunities for volunteers to complete clean-up training. The link for more information and to sign-up can be found on our oil spill webpage.


Did you know?


The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

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