Yolo County evacuation order lifted for some evacuation zones

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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal FIRE), lifted evacuation orders for some residents who reside in Yolo County on Saturday evening.

In an incident update released at 6 p.m., Cal FIRE noted the evacuation orders, put in place early Wednesday morning, for Yolo County residents residing in Evacuation Zones 2, 8, 9, 15, 31, 46, 55, and 60 had been lifted. However, an update from Yolo County OES stated residents who reside in Evacuation Zones 8, 15, 31, 46, 55, 58, and 60. Yolo County OES also noted that Zone 1 is the only zone still under mandatory evacuation.

In a phone call the Cal FIRE, the PIO representative advised residents to follow the update and orders issued by the county their residence’s address is in since the evacuation orders or release is issued by law officials in that county. 

To find out which Evacuation Zone your Yolo County residence is in visit: https://bit.ly/2E7H2Ww or http://evacuate.yolocounty.org/.

An interactive evacuation map can be accessed on the Solano County OES page at http://solanocounty.com/depts/oes/evacuation_information.asp.

Earlier Saturday morning at 9 a.m., Cal FIRE announced evacuation orders in Solano County were lifted for: unincorporated Fairfield and Suisun (except Lyon Road), including Green Valley and portions of Allendale and English Hills east of the existing fire perimeter. Areas directly impacted by fire remain closed at this time.

PG&E crews and fire personnel are still active in the area. Motorists are asked to use caution and drive at reduce speeds.

Access to the areas will be limited to residents only. No other public access will be granted at this time.

The cancellation of additional evacuation orders is being evaluated based on a variety of factors, including potential fire behavior, and the re-establishment of crucial infrastructure.

Solano County Sheriff’s Office Field Operations Captain Rustin Banks said getting area residents back to their homes is all about safety.

“We are working diligently to get people back two their homes,” Capt. Banks said.

However, he said the following things needed to be assessed before an area under an evacuation order can
be re-populated:

• Deputies must to a physical inspection of the area.
• Cal FIRE must ensure that the area is in no danger of a fire re-occurring.
• PG&E must give the OK that the area is safe from any electrical hazards.
• The Sheriff must sign off on the order to let people back in.

PG&E shared the following steps to take once allowed to return to your residence to protect your family and your home:

Electric safety tips
• Check for damaged household electrical wiring and turn off the power at the main electric switch if you suspect any damage and consult with an electrician.
• Unplug or turn off all electric appliances to avoid overloading circuits and fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
• If you see downed power lines near your home, treat them as if they are “live” or energized. Keep yourself and others away from them. Call 911, then notify PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.
• Use only battery-operated flashlights to provide light during outages.
• Standard wax candles are not recommended. LED candles are a safe alternative.
• Customers with generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to our crews, and to you and your family.
• If you are asked to evacuate, shut off your gas and electricity to prevent any further damage.

Gas safety tips
• If you or someone else shut off the gas during the evacuation, DO NOT turn it back on. Contact PG&E or another qualified professional to perform a safety inspection before the gas service is restored and the gas appliance pilots are re-lit.
• If you smell the distinctive “rotten egg” odor of natural gas in or around your home or business you should immediately call 911 and then PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

Gas restoration
• In order to restore gas service, gas crews must conduct a thorough assessment of damaged infrastructure and on-site inspections at each customer home and business. This process must occur before service can be restored and relights conducted. PG&E will be bringing in additional crews to restore gas service.
• It is helpful if customers are available to allow PG&E crews access to their properties in order to inspect equipment and restore service.
• If contact is not made during our initial door to door effort to relight pilot lights, we will leave a contact card so that customers may call us. Customers returning to their homes that wish to have service restored should call 1-800-743-5000.
• PG&E employees always carry their identification and are always willing to show it to you. Customers should always ask to see valid identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home. If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee has identification and you still feel uncomfortable, call PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-743-5000 to verify PG&E’s presence in the community.

Heating homes without gas service
• Place space heaters on level, hard, nonflammable surfaces. Do not place on rugs or carpets.
• Don’t put objects on space heaters or use them to dry clothes or shoes.
• Turn off space heaters when leaving the room or going to sleep.
• Keep all flammable materials at least three feet away from heating sources and supervise children when a space heater or fireplace is being used.
• Never use cooking devices such as ovens or stoves for home heating purposes.
• Install carbon monoxide detectors to warn you if concentration levels are high. As of 2011, all California single-family homes are required to have carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure they are installed near sleeping areas and replace the batteries at least twice a year.
• When using the fireplace to stay warm, make sure the flue is open so that the byproducts of combustion can vent safely through the chimney.
• Never use products inside the home that generate dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Such products include generators, barbecues, propane heaters and charcoal.

*Express staff Crystal Apilado and Rodney Orosco contributed to this article.

-UPDATED: to reflect discrepancies between Cal FIRE and Yolo County OES evacuation zones announced to have been released. 

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