October 24, 2021

Mill Valley conducts city-wide wildfire evacuation drill

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (KGO) — Within the North Bay, one metropolis is rehearsing for a the potential of a wildfire catastrophe. Mill Valley held a city-wide evacuation drill on Saturday, placing to the take a look at methods to get everybody out safely.

“I think it’s not a question of if, but when,” mentioned Mill Valley resident Max Perrey.

It is a concern that by no means goes away for neighbors of Mill Valley, the specter of wildfire.

It is why an evacuation drill occurred on Saturday. About 300 residents, volunteering their time and their automobiles, getting out of city as quick and as orderly as they might.

“Doing an evacuation drill city-wide gives us information to direct residents,” mentioned Ashley Ravache from Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Fee.

With epic drought situations, fierce wildfires have burned throughout California this summer season. However discovering the most secure evacuation route is not straightforward on this city of mountains and bushes.

“The question is how can we clear the hillside and canyons? Best way to do it is to clear the roadways below,” mentioned Linn Walsh Mill Valley Spokesperson.

Evacuation drills are a giant deal right here, contemplating there are solely two methods out of city. Mill Valley is working with Google on methods to establish bottlenecks are get everybody out safely.

East Blithedale is a type of evacuation routes, on a traditional day it may be a visitors jam.

“Our goal is to see how we could get those streets freed up quickly. Down by the the freeway, there’s a new plan to use Contra flow, to get all the cars out in one direction,” mentioned Mill Valley Mayor John McCauley.

The previous few years have been something however a drill within the North Bay. Large wildfires chasing 1000’s from their properties.

“We’ve seen fires in 2019 and it’s a question when is that coming to Mill Valley. We all need to do our part, that’s knowing what to do in an evacuation,” mentioned Perrey.

Officers say Saturday’s evacuation was fast and orderly, they hope neighbors will know what do in an actual fireplace emergency.