Jefferson County adopts new evacuation plans

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – Following the recent fatalities and communication issues that arose during the Lower North Fork Fire, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has implemented a new wildfire evacuation plan.

Officials say the new plan has three tiers that can be used as a graduated process or individually, depending on the type of emergency.

The three levels include:

- Level 1 Evacuation means be ready.  Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area.  You should make preparation and be ready to leave, and then monitor local media outlets.  Residents with special needs (such as the elderly or those with a susceptibility to breathing problems) are advised to evacuate.  People with livestock or pets should consider moving them out of the area.  Evacuations at this time are voluntary, but if you have concerns, evacuate now.  

- Level 2 Evacuation means leave soon.  There is significant potential of danger in your area, and residents should relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside the affected area.  You need to leave as soon as possible.

- Level 3 Evacuation means leave immediately.  Danger in your area is current and imminent.  There is no time to gather belongings.  Leave immediately.

The plan is supported by all fire protection districts in unincorporated Jefferson County.