Voluntary evacuation advised in Olympic Valley due to extreme avalanche danger

Published on January 11, 2017

With an extreme danger of avalanche this morning, the Placer County Office of Emergency Services has issued an emergency alert encouraging a voluntary evacuation for residents of Olympic Valley.

The advisory is in effect for residents of the north side of the valley, between Squaw Valley Road and Sandy Way. A large avalanche closed Alpine Meadows Road yesterday and damaged more than 10 homes, highlighting the risk.

If residents choose not to evacuate, they are urged to closely monitor conditions and be prepared to evacuate quickly if they deteriorate. For updates on avalanche conditions, visit the Sierra Avalanche Website.

Placer County encourages all residents to sign up for the Placer Alert emergency alert system to receive the fastest possible notification of dangers near the places they care about - by text, email or phone. Sign up.