Evacuations Warnings Upgraded To Orders In San Mateo, Monterey Counties Ahead Of Huge Storm
Evacuation warnings issued for areas of San Mateo and Monterey counties scarred by wildfires were upgraded to evacuation orders Tuesday due to the threat of mudslides as a series of storms approached the Bay Area.
SAN MATEO COUNTY (CBS SF) — Evacuation warnings issued for areas of San Mateo and Monterey counties scarred by wildfires were upgraded to evacuation orders Tuesday due to the threat of mudslides as a series of storms approached the Bay Area.
The orders were for areas of the CZU Lightning Complex burn area. Cal Fire said because of the rain amounts forecast, there was an increased risk of debris flow in the following areas:
(Zones: SMC-E019, SMC-E098, SMC-E038, SMC-E018)
- South Coast Zone SMC-E019, which includes Coastanoa and Año Nuevo State Park. This includes Whitehouse Canyon Road and areas south of Gazos Creek Road
- The Communities of Loma Mar and Dearborn Park in Zone SMC-E018
- South Coast Zone SMC-038, which includes Butano State Park and the Community of Barranca Knolls, west of Cloverdale Road
- The Community of Butano Canyon in Zone SMC-E-098
A temporary shelter has been established in Pescadero at Pescadero High School, 360 Butano Cutoff.
The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office also issued an evacuation order for areas in the two miles downslope of the Dolan Fire burn scar that went into effect 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Order for areas within and two miles downslope of Dolan Fire burn scar effective Tuesday, January 26th at 1:00 p.m. Evacuation Map: https://t.co/eAkQq5xKo8 pic.twitter.com/cgjCe28j2c
— Monterey County Office of Emergency Services (@MontereyCoOES) January 26, 2021
Live interactive evacuation map: community.zonehaven.com
On Monday, Cal Fire also issued evacuation orders for people living in the Santa Cruz Mountain burn area of the CZU Lightning Complex fire.The orders were for residents in Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek and Felton.
Evacuation centers have been set up at:
- San Lorenzo Valley High School — 7105 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018
- Scotts Valley Community Center — 360 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
- Pacific Elementary School — 50 Ocean Street, Davenport, CA 95017
Read The Full Evacuation Order
Officials in Monterey County also issued evacuation warnings for burn-scar areas ahead of the major storm system.
The National Weather Service has issued several warnings for the region including a flash flood watch for the San Francisco Bay Area, an avalanche watch for the Sierra were as much as seven feet or more of new snow could fall in the highest elevations and a high wind warning for “locally up to 70 mph in southwest facing slopes and coastal areas” in the San Francisco region.
“This atmospheric river is still on track to be hazardous to a large portion of NorCal with heavy rains, gusty winds, and a Sierra snow dump,” the National Weather Service said.
The weather system was expected to arrive late Tuesday night and last through Thursday.
“The National Weather Service is expecting anywhere from 8-12 inches over the course of the storm for the Santa Cruz Mountains,” Cal Fire officials said. “An evacuation warning means these individuals need to be prepared to leave immediately with a go bag and planned evacuation route.”