Sheriff’s office notice informs residents of wildfire evacuation process

The Dixie Fire — which has burned more than 197,000 acres and has reached 22 percent containment Monday — spurred an evacuation warning yesterday in what’s believed to be an non populated area of Lassen County south of Mountain Meadows Reservoir, and it has yet to burn into the county, officials said, but the local sheriff’s office is taking the opportunity to update residents on the wildfire evacuation process.

“As of this moment, the Dixie fire is has not burned into Lassen County. However, during fire season every citizen should be prepared for the possibility that they may need to evacuate due to wildfire. The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and Office of Emergency Services will implement local evacuation plans if that becomes necessary. Our current focus is to educate local communities on what they can expect if they are asked to evacuate,” read a Monday afternoon statement from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office.

“The fire is currently being managed outside of Lassen County. We are coordinating with both Incident Command teams to determine when orders or warnings will be issued and to keep updated on the progression of the fire”

That information can be accessed:

· Cal Fire – Butte County Facebook CAL FIRE/Butte County | Facebook
· Butte County Sheriff’s Facebook Butte County Sheriff | Facebook
· Plumas County Sheriff’s Facebook
· InciWeb Dixie Fire (CA) Information – InciWeb

When an evacuation order or warning is issued in Lassen County, alerts are pushed out through a variety of media outlets, the CodeRed emergency alert system, and through reverse 911 calls and text. In addition, deputies will make notifications door to door.

The meaning and requirements for each type of evacuation are as follows:

Mandatory Evacuation Order: Immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access. Road blocks will be put in place and we will maintain 24-hour security patrols. People who choose to shelter in place do so with the understanding that we may not be able to assist them if fire conditions escalate and they are restricted to their property only. You will not be permitted to check on neighbors or wander about the evacuated area.

Evacuation Warning: Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.