Slater Fire evacuations end in Siskiyou County on Saturday

Parts of the Happy Camp area that have remained on evacuation orders after being devastated by the Slater Fire will reopen on Saturday.

Posted: Oct 29, 2020 12:53 PM

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — Evacuation orders still in place from the Slater Fire in the Happy Camp area will be lifted on Saturday, according to the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services.

Parts of Happy Camp were devastated by the Slater Fire, with hundreds of structures burned to the ground — including almost 200 homes. In those burned areas, largely north of the intersection of Indian Meadows Road and Indian Creek Road, evacuations have remained in place.

As of 8 a.m. on Saturday, those evacuations will be lifted.

Siskiyou County said that it will hold a public meeting at the Happy Camp High School gym on Monday at 5:30 p.m. California OES and FEMA representatives will be on-hand to discuss the next phases of recovery, and the meeting will be livestreamed on Facebook.

"We do ask that you not put trailers on your property until after the public meeting as it could interfere with the debris removal process. FEMA will address this at the public meeting," Siskiyou County said.

Officials provided the following notes of caution for returning to burned areas:

  • Hazard tree danger is very present on private property and access roads. Designate a safety person to watch out for potential falling trees.
  • Crews continue to work to restore power, abate hazard trees and hazardous waste removal, please respect their workspace so as not to interfere with their workflow or progress.
  • Contamination remains and is present in the ash on burned home sites, minimize exposure time.
  • When inside ash footprint of burned home utilize proper ppe
  • Please note that n-95 masks do not protect from asbestos.
  • Unfortunately, the County does not have the resources to provide asbestos sufficient respirators for all. Please refer to the image linked below for recommended respiratory protection.

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