City Names Evacuation Zones
With lightning-strike wildfires burning to the east and west, the City of Santa Rosa expedited the release of designated evacuation zones, creating three for Oakmont—Oakmont South, Oakmont North and Stonebridge.
Officials said the early release of the new maps for large-scale evacuations came to “clear up evacuation zone questions for City of Santa Rosa residents.”
The information was posted late Thursday on the emergency website https://www.srcity.org/3368/Evacuation-Zones. An interactive map allowing users to type in an address and a PDF are both available on the site.
The post also has a caveat: “These are the City’s current best laid plans for an efficient evacuation of our community during a large-scale emergency. However, it is important to understand, that depending on conditions and varying hazards, modifications to designated zones could become necessary during an emergency. If changes to the boundaries of a zone were needed during an emergency, rather than issuing an evacuation order for a designated zone, the evacuation order may instead refer to geographic boundaries, streets, or landmarks.”
Cal Fire maps and Sonoma County evacuation warnings and mandates use numbers and letters and boundary descriptions.
In media briefings Friday morning, Cal Fire Division Chief Ben Nicholls said higher humidity has aided the fight in the Lightning Complex fires overnight and no new evacuations were expected today as a result of the western complex, with the exception of a small area west of Healdsburg. He said the lightning earlier this week sparked 540 active fires and is requiring 96% of the agency’s resources.
Officials urged residents to sign up for all available alerts, especially SoCo Alert. Here are the categories of evacuation notifications. Police and fire personnel will also use Hi/Lo sirens, which sound different from traditional sirens, to notify people when other means are limited.
- EVACUATION ORDER: You must evacuate immediately due to imminent threat to life.
- EVACUATION WARNING: There is potential threat to life and property within a given time frame. Begin preparing yourself, your animals, and your property for a potential evacuation order.
- SHELTER-IN-PLACE: Stay secure at your current location. This may be required when evacuation is impossible, too dangerous, or unnecessary.
- Hi/Lo Siren – Leave now.