North State Fires: Quick steps for evacuation preparation

Aug 3, 2014 3:27 PM by News Staff

The Eiler Fire has grown to nearly 23,000 acres with still 0 percent containment and a number of evacuation orders and advisories remain in effect.

Evacuations orders remain in effect for the communities of Hat Creek, Cassel, Big Eddy Estates, and Johnson Park in Eastern Shasta County. Residents of Burney have been advised to prepare to evacuate if an evacuation order is given.

The July Complex Incident Commander has requested an Evacuation Advisory be issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office for residents of Quartz Valley and Mugginsville.

Here are some steps anyone facing a potential evacuation order should take:

• Pre-plan. Know what valuables you can remove quickly and take with you. Plan to take medicines and first aid kit; flashlight, radio and batteries; important papers and cash; clothes, bedding, food.
• Find out where you are to go if/when you evacuate and how to get there. Have more than one route.
• Close up the house. Close all windows and doors. Cover all vents if you have time.
• Close heavy drapes and blinds. Remove flimsy curtains and move furniture away from windows.
• Put flammable lawn furniture in the house or garage.
• Turn off the gas or propane. Leave electricity on.
• If you have to leave a vehicle, leave it pointed out with the keys in the ignition.
• Take your small pets with you. Don't forget pet food. If you have livestock in a cleared pasture, and have not had time to evacuate them, leave them alone. If not in a cleared area, open the gates.
• Keep your driveway clear for fire equipment.
• Leave a note indicating where you went and a phone number where you can be reached.
• Locate and mark hazardous materials, septic tanks, water sources, etc.
• Clean up area around your house.
• It is recommended that potential evacuees confirm that they have registered their phone numbers in the code red system, which will ensure that evacuation-related advisories will be provided via email or phone.


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