Evacuation orders lifted in many San Mateo County areas

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Most evacuees along the southern San Mateo County coast, generally in the areas of La Honda, San Gregorio and Pescadero, may return to their homes following the lifting of evacuation orders this afternoon.

Effective at noon today, evacuation orders from the CZU Lightning Complex fires have been lifted for these areas: Pescadero Beach area; Pescadero Creek County Park area; Pescadero area; San Gregorio area; La Honda area; Langley Hill and Red Barn area; Russian Ridge Open Space area; Skylonda; Portola Redwoods State Park, Portola Heights and Middleton Tract. “Public works, utility and public safety crews have completed inspections and deemed the area safe for travel,” the county said.

Residents of previously evacuated areas not named on the list still cannot enter those areas. Check this online database for information on existing evacuation zones. Evacuees can also call 211 to determine if their address is accessible. Nonresidents are urged to stay out of the area.

Roadblocks were lifted at Highway 1 at Gazos Creek Road; Cloverdale Road at Butano Cutoff; Pescadero Creek Road at Butano Cutoff; and Pescadero Creek Road at Burns Valley Road.

Emergency supplies for evacuees are available at Half Moon Bay High, which has served as an evacuation center, and Puenta de la Costa Sur in Pescadero.

The fire overnight, now at 81,333 acres and 21 percent, has destroyed several hundred homes, the large majority of them in Santa Cruz County, according to Cal Fire officials. One person has been confirmed deceased in Santa Cruz County.

Favorable weather has allowed firefighters to make progress on the blazes, caused by a flurry of statewide lightning strikes mixed with hot and dry weather last week.

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