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UPDATE 13: The Unified Command continues its response Monday to the coastal oil spill in Orange and San Diego Counties

The Unified is continuing its response Tuesday to the coastal oil spill in Orange and San Diego Counties.

High winds and elevated swell heights continue to impact Southern California. As predicted, the Unified Command has seen an increase of tar balls along the coasts of Orange and San Diego counties and deployed five shoreline assessment teams early Tuesday morning to survey the coastline and focus cleanup efforts in La Jolla beaches, Pacific Beach, Huntington State Beach, Point Loma and Coronado. Beachgoers should report tar balls at [email protected]

Two boat decontamination sites have been established. Two boats are scheduled for decontamination removal Tuesday and four boats were completed Monday.

As beach assessment and cleanup operations continue in Orange and San Diego Counties, the public can expect to see cleanup crews equipped in protective gear, monitoring, inspecting and cleaning the beaches.

Oil contains hazardous chemicals, and for safety reasons, we ask the public not to handle any tar balls or oil. If skin contact occurs, wash the area with soap and water or baby oil. Avoid using solvents, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, or similar products on the skin. These products, when applied to skin, present a greater health hazard than the tar ball itself. More information about tar balls is available at SoCalSpillResponse.com/tarballs.

Community members impacted by the oil spill who need to file a claim can call 1-866-985-8366. Vessel cleaning is scheduled upon filing your claim and will not be available without an appointment. If your vessel has been impacted by the oil spill, we want to remind people not to clean their oiled vessels with any type of soaps or dispersants. Using these products can make the situation worse as they are not effective on this type of oil.

San Diego County Information:

While no oiled wildlife have been found in San Diego County, a team worked Monday to check the area more thoroughly. To report oiled wildlife, call 1-877-823-6926.

Shoreline assessment teams are working down the San Diego county coast to assess each beach for oil impacts. The teams completed assessments of beaches from the La Jolla beaches to Coronado Shores Beach Monday. Additional teams are continuing to conduct water and soil sampling along San Diego area beaches Tuesday.

Specific beach openings and closing statuses are managed by local governments. Please visit www.sdcountyemergency.com for the latest information regarding the beach status in San Diego County.

Orange County Information:

Contracted cleanup teams are working throughout the Orange County coastline.

Specific beach openings and closing statuses are managed by local governments. Please visit www.ocgov.com/news for the latest information regarding beach status in Orange County.

For more information about harbor status please visit: https://www.ocgov.com/news/newport-beach-and-dana-point-harbors-reopened-following-oil-spill-closure

For updates on the fisheries closures, visit https://socalspillresponse.com/fisheries-closure

The cause of the spill remains under investigation.

This article was released by Unified Command.

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