Beckwourth Fire updates as of 6:20 p.m. Sunday, July 11

Beckwourth Complex Fire evacuation status update — 8 a.m. Sunday, July 11

A significant wind event drove the fire down into Doyle on Saturday, July 10, triggering the rapid evacuation of Doyle. Unfortunately, there was some structure loss. An inspection team is working to make a structure loss assessment for permitted structures and will make notification to property owners.  Please be patient as this process can take time to complete. It is critical that people stay out of the area due to hazardous conditions. If you are aware of any persons that are unaccounted for, please notify the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 257-6121.

Due to interruptions in cell service and internet, we are recommending that people use the mobile alert app for Code Red on their smart phones as they seem to be going through even for people with no cell service. The app can be downloaded on Google Play and the Apple Store. If you are unable to register your rural address, try using a nearby landmark.

During evacuation events, it is important to understand that things can escalate quickly. When you are placed under evacuation warning, you need to prepare to leave. Pack your vehicle and back it into your driveway. If you have pets or livestock, make arrangements to move them early. If you will need help evacuating, leave early.  For information on what to bring with you in the event of an evacuation, go to www.readyforwildfire.org.

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Evacuation warnings and orders currently in place

Map link to affected areas:  Click on the link below and answer “skip” to the prompts.  Red areas are under order, yellow areas are under warning.  https://community.zonehaven.com/?latlon=39.89680665196789,-120.14401707393637&z=9.389697214143084

A Mandatory Evacuation Order has been issued for:  Everything west of US 395 from the intersection of County Road A25 and Highway 395 south to the Lassen/Sierra County Line and the town of Doyle east of Highway 395 including Doyle Loop and all roads connecting to Doyle Loop and Hackstaff Road to Laver Crossing.

Evacuation Warnings have been issued for residents east of Highway 395 from County Road A25 Herlong Access Road, including the town of Herlong south to the Sierra/Lassen County line and the town of Milford from Milford grade south and everything in between.

 

Road closure

Highway 395 is closed from Hallelujah Junction to County Road A26.

 

Shelter information

An emergency shelter is open at Jensen Hall, on Fairgrounds Road, at the Lassen County Fairgrounds in Susanville. Those affected by the fire can also call the Emergency Shelter line at (530) 250-9004.

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It is asked for anyone going to the shelter to bring their medication and medical equipment (walkers, breathing machines, etc.), clothing for multiple days, and important papers such as insurance cards. In addition, the shelter is not providing medical care. Any caretakers must accompany you for the duration of your stay. Please keep in mind weapons, drugs, alcohol and personal bedding are not permitted at the shelter.

Animals needing shelter can be housed at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Liability, feed, security, and care of animals housed at the Fairgrounds are the sole responsibility of the animal’s owner. A check-in form will be available at the barns, please provide to the Fair Office during normal business hours. Please use the Paul Bunyan entrance to the Fairgrounds for sheltering animals in the barns. If you have any questions about animal sheltering, please contact Fair Manager, Kaitlyn Downing at (530) 588-8627.

 

Road closures: 10 a.m. Sunday, July 11

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Highway 395 is now open.  However, all roads accessing the mandatory evacuated areas remain closed.  Please do not attempt to access the affected areas.  They are under 24-hour patrol and will remain so until evacuation orders have been lifted.  If you have chosen to shelter in place, you are restricted to your residence only.  Once you leave your property, you will not be allowed back in until evacuation orders have been lifted.  It is imperative that emergency vehicles maintain unimpeded access to the evacuated areas to remove hazards such as downed power lines.  While we sympathize with people who want to check on their property, animals, and neighbors, your presence will slow the process of getting people back into their homes.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Map link to affected areas:  Click on the link below and answer “skip” to the prompts.  Red areas are under order, yellow areas are under warning.  https://community.zonehaven.com/?latlon=39.89680665196789,-120.14401707393637&z=9.389697214143084

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A Mandatory Evacuation Order is in effect for:  Everything west of Highway 395 from the intersection of County Road A25 and US 395 south to the Lassen/Sierra County Line and the town of Doyle east of Highway 395 including Doyle Loop and all roads connecting to Doyle Loop and Hackstaff Road to Laver Crossing

 

Evacuation Warnings are in effect for residents east of Highway 395 from County Road A25 Herlong Access Road, including the town of Herlong south to the Sierra/Lassen County line and the town of Milford from Milford grade south and everything in between.

 

Expanded mandatory evacuation order: 1:45 p.m. Sunday, July 11

Mandatory Evacuation Orders have been expanded to include:

  • The town of Milford from County Road A25 to Milford Grade on the west side of Highway 395 only but NOT including residences along Milford Grade.
  • Everything west of Highway 395 from the intersection of County Road A25 and US 395 south to the Lassen/Sierra County Line and the town of Doyle east of Highway 395 including Doyle Loop and all roads connecting to Doyle Loop and Hackstaff Road to Laver Crossing

Evacuation Warnings have been expanded to include east of US 395 from Milford Grade to County Road A26 Herlong Access Road, including the town of Herlong south to the Sierra/Lassen County line.

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Safety message

People need to leave immediately.  Please use caution and be courteous to your neighbors.  Drive with your headlights on and yield to emergency personnel.  Residents needing assistance evacuating are asked to call the non-emergency dispatch center at (530) 257-6121.

An emergency shelter is open at Jensen Hall, on Fairgrounds Road, at the Lassen County Fairgrounds in Susanville. Those affected by the fire can also call the Emergency Shelter line at (530) 250-9004.

Deputies will be going door to door to make notification.

For information on what to bring with you in the event of an evacuation, go to www.readyforwildfire.org

 

Shelter news release: 2:45 p.m. Sunday, July 11

The Lassen County Emergency Shelter is in need of donations. Please drop off at Jensen Hall on Fairgrounds Road in Susanville.

  • Water Bottles
  • Individual Packaged Drinks (i.e. milks, juices, seltzer waters)
  • Individual Packaged Snacks
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Snacking
  • Board Games/Puzzles

Dietary restrictions for consideration: nut allergies, cinnamon allergy, egg allergies, low carb/no sugar needs, and diabetic needs.

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List will be updated and released as needs are met or changes.

 

Shelter news: 5:45 p.m. Sunday, July 11

The Lassen County Emergency Shelter’s donation requests are fulfilled. Thank you to all of our generous Lassen County residents, you are all appreciated.

If additional needs are identified, they will be released.