SOUTH FORK, GO HOME! Mandatory evacuation order lifted (Cinnamon Canyon and below)

South Fork Drive at 4 miles from Highway 198, looking up the canyon toward Dennison Mountain.

It’s been a long, grueling two weeks for Three Rivers’s South Fork neighbors. But effective Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 1 p.m., those residents who live on Cinnamon Canyon Road and down-canyon (to Conley Creek Bridge) are now allowed to return to their residences and property. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office has downgraded evacuation orders for this area of Three Rivers.
South Fork residents have been under mandatory evacuation since Monday, September 14. 
Areas downgraded to Evacuation Warning:
SOUTH FORK DRIVE (43000 block to and including Cinnamon Canyon Road residences), a distance of about 3.5 miles along South Fork Drive
The fine print of fire evacuation
—An Evacuation Warning means those living in the area are able to return to their homes, but should still be ready to evacuate should conditions change due to SQF Complex fire activity. These areas will continue to have checkpoints, and only residents with proof of residency will be allowed to enter the area.

Residents returning to evacuation areas should be ready to leave again at a moment’s notice, as the fire is still active. Conditions may change in the next 36 hours for communities that have been downgraded, causing officials to reissue mandatory status, if necessary.
Returning residents should be cautious, prioritize personal safety, and be aware of possible debris, ash, and smoke inhalation.

All remaining evacuation orders and evacuation warnings remain in place. This includes all areas of Three Rivers except for above Cinnamon Canyon Road (voluntary) and Mineral King (under mandatory evacuation since Friday, September 18).
Sequoia National Park has been closed since Tuesday, September 15, but should reopen soon as local evacuation orders are lifted.

Aerial view of the uppermost South Fork canyon showing Dennison Ridge at top center of the photo. The Dennison area is currently the most active portion of the Castle Fire. SkyHigh Innovations photo

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4 thoughts on “SOUTH FORK, GO HOME! Mandatory evacuation order lifted (Cinnamon Canyon and below)

    • September 26, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      I don’t understand what you are saying here, Logan. And I don’t want misinformation out there. 43000 SF is in the vicinity of Conley Creek Bridge; 45500 is about where Cinnamon Canyon meets up with SF. 45500 (approximate) and above is under mandatory evacuation. Cinnamon Canyon (45500 SF) and below have been downgraded to voluntary.

  • September 26, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks for the continuous updates throughout the week. It really helped in determining where we were in the progress of fighting this fire. TV news coverage was sketchy at best for Three Rivers.

  • September 26, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you, John and Sarah for clarifying (see above) and for the continual updates throughout the week. It was hard to get definitive information otherwise. It is good to be home!! We remain ready to go out again if necessary. I hope our neighbors above Cinnamon Canyon will be able to return home soon, also.


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