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Bosenko said the order was given in error, but they decided to leave it in place because once an evacuation order is rescinded, it's very difficult to get people to leave again if there is danger.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

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