Evacuation warnings, orders not currently necessary in Lassen due to Dixie Fire, but preparations are being made

It is currently not necessary to issue evacuation warnings or orders in Lassen County at this time due to the Dixie Fire ravaging Plumas County, officials announced last night, but preparations are being made in case the situation arises.

By Saturday morning, the Dixie Fire has burned 181,289 acres and is 19 percent contained. The Fly Fire is 2,800 acres and at 5 percent containment.

“There are currently no evacuation orders or warnings in Lassen County related to the Dixie Fire currently burning in Butte and Plumas Counties. Lassen County officials have been in regular contact with the Incident Command Teams, officials from Butte and Plumas Counties, as well as other state and federal officials. The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, along with many other regional law enforcement agencies, continues to provide Law Enforcement Mutual Aid to Plumas County,” read a Friday night statement from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office.

“(Friday), Sheriff Growdon, and Lassen County Office of Emergency Services Chief, Silas Rojas met with Cal Fire Incident Management Team 1, in Butte County, and California Incident Command Team Number 2 in Plumas County. It has not become necessary to issue evacuation warning or orders to residents of Lassen County at this time. However, we want to assure the public that preparations are being made, and we are coordinating those efforts with other involved agencies. We have mapped evacuation zones, drafted language to describe those zones, and made plans for how evacuations of each area will take place if and when that becomes necessary so that we can execute evacuation notices quickly and efficiently,” the statement read.

“We take the issuance of evacuation warnings and orders very seriously, and understand the hardship that comes along with having to leave one’s home. We will only issue these orders if and when it becomes necessary”

“Lassen County’s strength is in its people. We take care of our own. We urge you to check on your neighbors. Coordinate with them if you can. Take steps now to prepare yourself, your loved ones, and your animals for the possibility that you may need to evacuate quickly. Cal Fire has great resources for preparing for an evacuation available on their website www.readyforwildfire.org including checklists and videos. People who need help evacuating or who have livestock to move are encouraged to leave early if they feel they are at risk.”

“The Sheriff’s Office utilizes the CodeRED Emergency Alert System to send evacuation notifications. You can register here. Try using the address of a nearby store or landmark if their system won’t accept your address. We recommend choosing the option for mobile alerts which will push alerts through based on your immediate location and are prioritized by most cell phone carriers so they seem to go through even when cell service is spotty.”

SAFETY MESSAGE: We urge citizens to stay alert and watch for changing fire conditions. Stay clear of areas under evacuation order or warning. Drive with your headlights on and yield to emergency personnel.