Evacuation Order "chips Fire" 8/30/12 1000 Hours
Incident: Chips Wildfire
UPDATE #16 8/30/12 1000 HOURS
Plumas County Sheriffs' Office
Press Release and Evacuation Order
Date: 8/30/12 Time: 1000 Hours
Incident: Wild Land Fire in the Feather River Canyon, Lake Almanor and Butt Lake Areas.
At this time the Sheriff's Office has lifted all Advisements related to the Chips Fire along the Hwy. 89 and Hwy. 70 corridor. There is a Mandatory Evacuation for Seneca still in effect.
See listed areas below that are still under effect.
Stay tuned to media advisements and monitor the Plumas County website for updated information.
Due to current weather conditions and fire behavior the following Road Closures, Evacuation Orders and Sheriff's Advisement are in effect.
-Caribou Road to Butt Lake Dam from Highway 70- "Hard Closure"
- Rush Creek Road from Highway 70 - Open to residents only.
- All additional secondary roads North of Highway 70 between Rock Creek Dam and Twain from Highway 70- "Soft Closures"
- Seneca Road from Highway 89 - "Hard Closure"
- Butt Lake Dam, Ohio Valley Road, Butt Lake Road, Humbug/Humboldt Road and all additional secondary roads West of Highway 89 between Canyon Dam and the Humbug/Humboldt Road from Highway 89- "Hard Closure"
-Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuation- Caribou Road from Hwy 70 to the Butt Lake Dam
-Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuation- Butt Lake Area, Ohio Valley, Humbug and Humboldt Area, and Yellow Creek Area.
-Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuations- Seneca.
Sheriff's Voluntary Evacuation
Sheriff's Advisement- Will be sent to all local radio and news stations, Public Information Officer Plumas County, Local OES Director, Fire Departments in the affected area, and the Chips Incident Command Team. Due to the Chips Fire and its behavior the above listed communities are under a Sheriff's Advisement. Residents are encouraged to make an evacuation plan, to include the gathering of photos, important documents and priceless keepsakes. Please discuss with your family a location you will travel to, should the need arise to evacuate. Ensure you have also made arrangements for the care and safekeeping of your pets.
Sheriff's Voluntary Evacuation- Due to the potential threat to life and property by a wild land fire, residents are encouraged to leave the area. The area will be staffed by Law Enforcement and residents will be advised of the threat, but no road closures for residents living in the area. The general public will not be allowed in the area "Soft Closure".
Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuation- Due to fire behavior and/or proximity to the wild land fire, residents are in imminent danger or the potential for imminent danger exists. Residents are encouraged to leave the area and road closures will be in effect for all roads around the evacuated area. These closures are "hard closures" residents and the general public will not be allowed back and/or escorted into the area until the evacuation is lifted "Hard Closures" to the local highways could also be established for the safety of fire personnel in the area. If "hard closures" are established it is a "Sheriff's Mandatory Evacuation", due to the fact that the general public will not be allowed free access and therefore can not adequately maintain food, supplies, medicine, etc.
By Gerald Hendrick