Almanor residents can go home; order reduced to a warning UPDATED

According to a noon, Aug. 18 press release issued from Cal Fire, Plumas County evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings in the following areas:

  • Town of Chester proper
  • West Shore
  • Prattville
  • West Almanor
  • Peninsula
  • Hamilton Branch
  • Big Meadows
  • East Shore
  • Residents along Highway 147 are reduced to a warning. This is for residents only. All areas outside of the residences remain under forest evacuation orders.

Residents remain under a warning status so should be prepared to leave if necessary.

The following roadways have reopened:

  • Highway 147
  • Highway 89
  • Highway 36 at Highway 32 to Chester

The Plumas County Sheriff released the following information as it pertains to infrastructure:

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Seneca District Hospital in Chester is still closed, including the Emergency Department. They are in the process of opening, but this will take some time and require the approval of the California Department of Public Health.

Water: Please consult your water district authority for information on drinking water quality.

Essential services: Will likely be delayed in starting back up again. There remains potential risk of intermittent power outages for the remainder of this fire.

Residential trash management services will not operate in an Evacuation Warning Zone. There are dumpsters located in the following areas, which will be serviced every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting TODAY, Wednesday, Aug. 18

690 Main Street (Pacific Pride)

Chester 222 Willow Way (Substation)

Chester Holiday Market, Chester

540 Main Street, Chester

111 Slim Drive (Clubhouse) Lake Almanor Corner of West and Scott Street, Prattville

When residents do return to burned areas, it is important to follow protocols for re-entry provided by Plumas County Environmental Health. Only those with residences in the area should enter at this time. For more information visit https://www.plumascounty.us/2868/Dixie-Fire-Information

While we understand that evacuated residents are understandably eager to get back to their homes and properties, the Dixie Fire is still active, and the public must remain out of Mandatory Evacuation Order zones until the orders are downgraded to warnings or lifted. Please do not attempt to enter restricted areas until evacuation orders are lifted. You can determine your zone and see evacuation status by entering your address on the evacuation map located at:https://tinyurl.com/ydrapp24.

Please note area National Forest closures remain in effect.

For more information visit https://www.plumascounty.us/2868/Dixie-Fire-Information and follow the county Facebook.

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For more information visit www.plumascounty.us and follow the county Facebook.