Some Yolo County residents didn’t get evacuation alerts in wildfires due to robocall blocking, officials say

Some Yolo County residents didn’t get evacuation alerts from the emergency alert system as fires burned mere miles away from their homes and property due to robocall blocking, officials say.

County officials addressed county residents’ concerns in a virtual town hall held Friday afternoon. The meeting was hosted by Supervisor Don Saylor, who is responsible for District 2, which includes the city of Winters where evacuation zones 58 and 60 are located.

The LNU Lightning Complex wildfires have burned through 373,324 acres in Yolo, Solano, Sonoma, Napa and Lake counties. The complex is 41% contained as of Saturday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

In the early morning of Aug. 19, the fires came dangerously close to Winters’ surrounding rural areas, prompting mandatory and advisory evacuation orders in both Yolo and Solano counties, which border each other.

During the meeting, the county’s Office of Emergency Services Manager Dana Carey said on that day, 100% of the voice call alerts sent to county residents in zones 58 and 60, failed.

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