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New wildfire prompts evacuations in Northern California

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Sep 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-24 12:04:32-04

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Evacuations have been ordered in a Northern California community as a new wildfire spreads.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation order Thursday because of the Fawn Fire in the unincorporated Mountain Gate area north of the city of Redding at the northern end of the Central Valley.

Residents have been told to temporarily gather in a parking lot at Shasta College in Redding.

The Fawn Fire has grown to more than 1 square mile since it broke out Wednesday afternoon. Statewide, more than 9,000 firefighters are assigned to 10 large and active wildfires.

ASSEMBLE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT

Put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate.

Emergency Supply Kit Checklist:

  • Face masks or coverings
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
  • Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
  • Prescriptions or special medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
  • Don’t forget pet food and water!

Items to take if time allows:

  • Easily carried valuables
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items
  • Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
  • Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.

Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.