Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 S. Newcomb St
Porterville, CA 93257
For Immediate Release
September 16, 2020
Tulare County Adds an Evacuation Warning for Silver City and Mineral King
VISALIA, CA – The Tulare County Sheriff has issued an evacuation warning, or volunteer evacuation, for Silver City and Mineral King, due to the SQF Complex fire activity. An AlertTC has been released.
Warning, or voluntary means that community members should prepare now to evacuate.
Current road closures are as follows:
Highway 190 at Balch Park
Balch Park & Bear Creek
Balch Park & Yokohl
Mountain 50 & 107
Mountain 99 & Sherman Pass, Sherman Pass & Cherry
Cherokee Oaks off Hwy 198
The temporary evacuation points are at the Exeter Memorial Building, 324 N. Kaweah in Exeter and the Porterville College football stadium at 100 E College Ave in Porterville. Displaced persons should call 2-1-1 and/or 1-800-RED-CROSS to obtain shelter; for those who have RVs/trailers to park, please call 2-1-1.
Tulare County has two levels of evacuations: voluntary and mandatory. The following communities remain under mandatory evacuation orders: Ponderosa, Pyles Boys Camp, South Fork, Redwood Drive, Alpine Village, Sequoia Crest, Doyle Springs, Highway 190 along the south from the intersection of Balch Park Rd. north to Blue Ridge Lookout east to Moses Mountain, and south to Highway 190 at Mahogany Flat, Upper Tule River Corridor (Camp Nelson, Pierpoint, Coy Flat, Mountain Aire, and points between). Cedar Slope; portions of three Rivers including south and east from 198, east to south of the Fork Campground, including South Fork Driver, Horn, Cinnamon Canyon, and Cahoon Mtn. and adjacent roads.
The following communities remain under voluntary evacuation: Community of Springville, all points between Globe Drive and Balch Park Rd., the remainder of Three Rivers.