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As the KNP complex fire continues to burn in Sequoia National Park, some evacuees are trying to find hotel rooms in the surrounding area.
Authorities update evacuation orders and warnings. On Tuesday, residents living throughout the park and Ash Mountain were ordered to evacuate. Parts of the upper Trois Rivières were ordered to leave later Tuesday.
From Exeter to Lindsay to Visalia, hotels and motels had few openings for evacuees, and rooms filled up quickly.
The Comfort Inn and Suites in Sequoia Kings Canyon has no availability because the hotel is home to a handful of firefighters, as well as a few evacuees, according to hotel management.
In Exeter, the Best Western Inn and Suites assisted several evacuees who were affected by the KNP complex. The hotel only had a few rooms available Tuesday night and Wednesday, starting at $ 169, and does not allow pets.
The Super 8 at Lindsay has limited availability over the next few days and accepts pets. Room prices are currently around $ 135.
A little further from the fire, the Comfort Suites at the Visalia Convention Center are opening multiple openings in the coming days, in single or double rooms. The hotel does not accept pets and prices are currently $ 170.
The Lamp Liter Inn has reported openings throughout the week, starting at just over $ 100, and availability is limited for the coming weekend. Lamp Liter Inn accepts pets under 25 pounds.
Mandatory evacuation orders were extended after the KNP compound tripled in size in the span of a few hours Monday evening and through Tuesday morning. The Red Cross has an evacuation shelter at the Woodlake Community Center at 145 N. Magnolia Street in Woodlake.
The Woodlake location is open all night. Residents who require assistance in evacuating can dial 2-1-1.
The Paradise Fire burned approximately 5,900 acres while the Colony Fire burned approximately 1,125 acres Wednesday morning.
“Do whatever we can”
Tulare County and the American Red Cross are encouraging evacuees in need of assistance to stop by the Exeter Memorial Building, located at 324 North Kaweah Avenue.
So far, the temporary evacuation site has seen only a few households affected by the KNP complex fire, but the Red Cross expects an increase in the number of evacuees if evacuation warnings pass. transform into orders.
“With COVID last year, we hosted evacuees in hotels,” American Red Cross spokesman Taylor Poisall said. “This is not the first way we are going to shelter this year… We are returning to a gathering shelter at the community center.”
Starting Thursday, evacuees will have access to COVID-19 testing at the Exeter evacuation point.
“We are doing everything we can to prevent the spread,” Poisall added, “and to keep the community safe.”
The Exeter temporary evacuation point is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Several areas have been placed under mandatory evacuation, including the following areas of Three Rivers:
All of Mineral King Road, from the intersection with Highway 198 to the end of the road, the areas along Sierra King Drive, Crest Lane, Hammond Drive and Oak Grove Drive, as well as the areas along the Route 198 from the intersection with Mineral King Road at the Sequoia National Park entrance post.
The following areas are subject to an evacuation warning:
All structures and areas in Edison Drive, Cherokee Oaks Drive, Crystal Drive, Grouse Drive, Elk Drive, Meadow Drive, Quail Drive, Oak Ridge Drive, Ferndale Drive, Terminus Drive, Pierce Drive and Red Tail Lane.
Lauren Jennings covers education and news for the Visalia Times-Delta / Tulare Advance-Register. Follow her on Twitter @lolojennings. Receive alerts and stay up to date on all things Tulare County for as little as $ 1 per month. Subscribe today.