STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. — The so-called Canyon Zone Fire forced officials to call for some evacuations in Stanislaus County.
In a post to Facebook, StanEmergency issued mandatory evacuations for people on Del Puerto Canyon Road from Frank Raines Park west to Mines Road due to increased fire activity.
Stanislaus County officials are also advising Diablo Grande residents to be packed and ready to go in case a mandatory evacuation order is issued.
The Canyon Zone Fire is a total of six fires burning northwest of Patterson near Del Puerto Canyon.
In its latest update just before 9 p.m., CAL FIRE estimates the fire has burned 10,000 acres and firefighters still haven't made a dent in containment.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued a health caution for their district due in part to the Canyon Fire. The Canyon Fire, Hills Fire in Fresno County, and Lake Fire in Los Angeles County are producing smoke that's heading into counties like San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and a portion of Kern.
According to Cal Fire, in 2019, California wildfires burned just under 260,000 acres from 7,860 incidents. Over 700 structures were damaged or destroyed and three people were killed. This follower two years of some of the “deadliest and most destructive wildfires” in California history.
If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. A defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris is completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans to best prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.