Evacuation Levels

In a rapidly developing event, there may not be time to issue an evacuation warning. WHEN IN DOUBT, GET OUT!!!

Level 1: Be Ready…There is an incident in the area

  • Review the list of things to do to protect your home from wildfire threat.
  • Residents are advised to leave if they need additional time to exit an area or have health conditions (especially respiratory conditions that could be made worse by smoke).
  • Evacuations are voluntary, but residents are encouraged to leave if concerned.
  • There will be no road closures in effect in most cases.
  • Be sure your 72-hour emergency kit is ready to go. Consider collecting other items you want to take with you should you be ordered to evacuate, and load them into your car.
  • Review your emergency evacuation plan and be sure everyone residing in your home is familiar with it.
  • Park your cars facing toward the street with keys in the ignition (if it’s safe to do so).

Level 2: Leave Soon

  • Residents are notified there is a full evacuation and are informed to leave.
  • Evacuations are mandatory and entry to evacuated areas may be denied.
  • Residents are encouraged to evacuate as soon as possible. Residents may have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
  • Residents may have time to prepare their house, see evacuation checklist, but doing so is at their own risk.

Level 3: Leave Immediately!

  • Residents are notified there is immediate and imminent danger, and they should evacuate immediately.
  • Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.
  • Leave immediately and as quickly as possible. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

In the event of an evacuation, Jefferson County sheriffs will direct you about the routes to use.  DO NOT choose your own evacuation route – you have no way of knowing if you are putting yourself at greater risk.