Forest Ranch, Calif. -- The north state has seen its fair share of fires over the years and one town is looking to be proactive by practicing what to do in the case of a real fire evacuation, a move that can potentially save lives.
"The biggest lesson that we're hoping people will learn is to connect with each other, neighbor by neighbor, and if we can save a life, that is what we are hoping for," said Marti Leicester, Event Organizer of the Forest Ranch Fire Evacuation Drill.
The community-wide evacuation drill sent out two alerts at 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to residents who signed up to be notified.
People from CAL FIRE, Butte County Sheriff's Office and the North Valley Animal Disaster Group were at the drill to answer community members' questions.
"We've got half a dozen firefighters and personnel who are passing out fliers here just talking to folks, giving them information about what they can do to be safe or really in any kind of evacuation," said Rick Carhart, Information Officer, CAL FIRE Butte County.
"In this instance, we evacuate the animals and create a shelter on site," said Norm Rosene, Vice President of the North Valley Animal Disaster Group.
Butte County Deputy Sheriff John Carrillo said, this is an opportunity for law enforcement and the community to get to know each other better.
"They get to know me as their representative for law enforcement and know that when a disaster does strike they have a name and face that will be reassuring," said Carrillo.
"Last summer seeing Santa Rosa and seeing how they were not as prepared as they could have been and the fire was so fast, I think this drill is really important so residents and their pets can get evacuated," said Kathleen Dunning, a Forest Ranch resident.