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Monday, September 23, 2013

OCFA Cowan-Lemon Heights Mass Evacuation Drill September 28. #CaFire

 Orange County Fire Authority LIVE  Mass  Evacuation Drill for Cowan/Lemon Heights September 28

It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” for the Cowan/Lemon Heights area. 

Santa Ana, CA– The next major wildland fire is looming as the Santa Ana Winds are yet to come. Being prepared to leave is the only sure way for you and your family to make it out alive. 

To help these residents, a Cowan/Lemon Heights Community Evacuation Drill is being held on Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Residents will be alerted to the evacuation order and sent to the evacuation center at Tustin High School (1171 El Camino Real).

 “We encourage everyone in this community to come out and participate so they can see first-hand how crowded the streets will be,” said Fire Chief Keith Richter. “In a real disaster, the large volume of people trying to evacuate, dark smoke, poor visibility, and emergency responders coming in, is the perfect recipe for chaos in the streets. We want our residents in this community to be prepared, so what better way to prepare for a major wildfire than this live drill.”

The Orange County Fire Authority has been working extensively in partnership with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Orange City Fire Department, Tustin Police Department, American Red Cross, Orange County Emergency Management, Tustin Unified School District, OC Animal Care, Orange County Transportation Authority, AlertOC, State Farm, Foothill Communities Fire Safety Council, Major League Roofers, Pro West Mechanical, Survival Ready Solutions, and Los Piños Landscaping to plan this large scale mass evacuation drill.

Contact: Captain Steve Concialdi, PIO at(714) 357-7782 or
For more information: visit or call (714) 357-7782.

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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