Fire Burn Areas: Color Alert System

Fire Burn Areas - Color Alert System

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The Color Alert System alerts residents of an evacuation status which is issued by the Unified Command. The Unified Command is a group of representatives from leading agencies that are responding to the emergency (such as The Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Public Works, City of Santa Clarita and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.)

In Santa Clarita, the color alert system is mainly intended for residents and property owners that live near the Calgrove Fire and Sand Fire burn areas due to their higher risk of mud and debris flows if this area experiences heavy rains. While the fire itself has been extinguished, the restoration and rebuilding will take a considerable amount of time. For the next 3 to 5 years, the Calgrove Fire and Sand Fire has made homes in the area susceptible to sudden water, mud and debris slides.

Residents in recent Fire Burn Areas are strongly urged to sign up for emergency alerts to be sent to their phone and/or email.

Color Alert Definitions:

Green Level

No evacuation orders in effect.

  • No rain-related parking restrictions in effect.
  • Residents encouraged to monitor weather conditions and be alert to changes.
  • No restricted entry to any city/county areas.

 

Yellow Level

No evacuation orders in effect.

  • Rain-related parking restrictions in effect.
  • Residents directed to remove vehicles, trash bins and other obstructions from streets and/or travel lanes as they will be subject to tow or removal by authorities.
  • No restricted entry to impact area/potentially impacted areas.

 

Orange Level

Voluntary evacuation orders in effect.

  • Residents directed to remove vehicles, trash bins, other obstructions from streets and/or travel lanes prior to evacuating as they will be subject to tow or removal by authorities.
  • Residents will be directed to an Evacuation Center close by.
  • Residents electing not to evacuate will be asked to sign a Refusal to Evacuate Form acknowledging their awareness of the hazards/risk and assuming all liability for the decision to remain and shelter in place.
  • Those persons staying should move to the highest point within their home.
  • Residents who do cooperate with the evacuation order will be afforded the opportunity to re-gain entry to their residential area at the discretion of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department upon the showing of proof of residency and signing a waiver form acknowledging their decision to re-enter and/or remain.

 

Red Level

Mandatory evacuation order in effect. All residents ordered to leave the impacted and/or potentially impacted areas.

  • Residents directed to remove vehicles, trash bins, other obstructions from the streets and/or travel lanes prior to evacuating as they will be subject to tow or removal by authorities.
  • Residents will be directed to an Evacuation Center close by.
  • Residents electing not to evacuate will be required to sign a Refusal to Evacuate Form, acknowledging their awareness of the hazards/risks and assuming all liability for the decision to remain and shelter in place.
  • Entry into the area shall be prohibited to all persons except public safety first responders.
  • Residents will not be allowed to return to their homes so long as the “Red level” protocol remains in effect.
  • If you feel conditions are unsafe to evacuate, move to the highest safe place in your residence and shelter in place.

RE-Entry Protocols

  1. Only persons and vehicles authorized by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be permitted to enter secured/impacted/potentially impacted areas.
  2. Only residents (with proof of residency) and their authorized relatives/contractors/assistance workers will be permitted to enter secured/impacted/potentially impacted areas, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department approval.

EVACUATION AND RE-ENTRY PROTOCOLS
WILL BE BASED ON THE DEBRIS-FLOW POTENTIAL OF THE
CALGROVE FIRE AND SAND FIRE BURN AREA

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