BREAKING NEWS Boat sinks on Shasta Lake, 1 man dead Full Story
SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts

False Evacuation Order Causes Confusion for Residents of City of Shasta Lake

The City of Shasta Lake was evacuated by accident when the Carr Fire exploded Thursday night causing confusion for more than 10,000 residents.

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 10:42 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2018 9:10 AM

CITY OF SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said the City of Shasta Lake was evacuated by accident when the Carr Fire exploded Thursday night causing confusion for more than 10,000 residents.

It happened when the flames of the Carr Fire roared down on West Redding.

And residents of the city and nearby communities were issued mandatory evacuation orders...

The order came down in a press release from Cal Fire and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office who are working in unified command during the Carr Fire.

Bosenko said the order was given in error, but they decided to leave it in place because once an evacuation order is rescinded, it's very difficult to get people to leave again if there is danger.

“It's a little bit like crying wolf,” Boseknko said. “Hey I evacuated, nothing happened. I'm back in, I'm not going to leave again. And then they place themselves and their family in danger. And then the firefighters who usually try and come in if they can, if it allows, to risk their lives. We had firefighters risking their lives in this fire to save people.”

Sheriff Bosenko said an order was given for nearby Summit City to evacuate.

He said the fire was moving very fast and overtook areas very quickly.

And he would much rather see an evacuation go out and people start to leave than not give one out and have people not evacuate and put in harm's way.

Bosenko said no reverse 911 calls or Code Red alerts were issued, and there were no officers actively asking people to evacuate.

He said the confusion most likely came because of the close proximity to Summit City which is right next door to the City of Shasta Lake.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 252895

Reported Deaths: 6334
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1078263457
Riverside19450479
Orange16191363
San Diego15696387
San Bernardino13676269
Imperial7039114
Alameda6556140
Fresno585177
Kern513081
Santa Clara5077160
Tulare4627136
San Joaquin447455
Sacramento400469
San Francisco377650
Contra Costa356481
San Mateo3536108
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Marin271921
Kings260032
Stanislaus253144
Monterey191515
Solano147625
Sonoma135911
Merced127211
Placer82811
San Luis Obispo7012
Yolo61325
Madera5785
Santa Cruz4553
Napa3764
San Benito2652
Sutter2433
Lassen2420
El Dorado2260
Butte2063
Shasta1484
Humboldt1444
Nevada1291
Glenn1220
Yuba1061
Tehama881
Lake870
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Del Norte581
Calaveras530
Mono451
Tuolumne430
Inyo331
Amador310
Siskiyou310
Mariposa271
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 98° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 79°
Oroville
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 99° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 79°
Paradise
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 79°
Chester
Clear
44° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 44°
Red Bluff
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 101° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 73°
Willows
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 101° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 79°
Today was hot and tomorrow will be as well. But slightly below average temperatures move in as we see a dip in the jet stream.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events