Chief of police notes no ‘immediate’ plans for any precautionary or advisory evacuations in city

Interim City Administrator and Chief of Police Kevin Jones discussed the question of whether Susanville would be evacuated due to the Hog Fire, adding there are no immediate plans to give any precautionary or advisory evacuations in the city.

“Due to fires in recent years in surrounding areas, we have a heightened awareness and concern when fires as this are near our community. Over the last days there has been an increasing concern in our community regarding the Hog Fire and its growth,” read a Tuesday, July 21 statement.

“There have been several inquiries about evacuations within the city, or precautionary notices. As of this morning, there are no immediate plans to give any precautionary or advisory evacuations within the city. However, we will be very vigilant in monitoring and evaluating throughout the days. As we all know, fires can be incredibly unpredictable and can change at any time,” read the statement from Jones.

“We have and will continue to meet with our local fire department, Cal Fire and the Office of Emergency Services on monitoring the fire and its behavior. If a concern arises, we will disseminate the information through media outlets available, immediately.”

Jones encouraged residents to monitor local media along with government social media sites.

“Over the next 24 hours, informational boards should be places around the city with information on the Hog Fire. There will also be information at the police department and fire department.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by the fire, and to those who are working to combat it,” read the statement.