The following is a press release from the USDA Forest Service on 9-27-21.
VISALIA, CA – An evacuation warning has been issued for the communities of Gold Ledge Campground south to the River Kern on the Tulare County side, at the Tulare/Kern border. This will continue to include structures, side roads, and attached roads.
Evacuation warnings are volunetary. Community members are strongly encouraged to prepare to evacuate if it becomes necessary. If individuals feel they need more time, please consider leaving the area now.
Should you choose to evacuate now, avoid all road closures and use M56/Hot Springs Dr to Porterville.
A road closure is in effect at M99 and Gold Ledge Campground.
The temporary evacuation point, where you may find information and assistance, is at Porterville College, 100 E. College Ave. Individuals who may need assistance evacuating may call 2-1-1. Older individuals (60+) who need assistance with evacuation or information may call the senior hotline at 1-800-321-2462.
When preparing to evacuate, please consider bringing important documents, necessary medication, changes of clothing, and hygiene items. If you are able to evacuate your domestic animals, remember to pack food, leashes, and other items.
If you are not able to plan to evacuate your domestic animals or livestock, please make arrangements with Tulare County Animal Services prior to transporting your animals to an available shelter location by completing the Fire Assistance Evacuation Form located on the Tulare County Animal Services website at: https://tcanimalservices.org/animalservices/resources/animal-evacuation-form/.