Map shows dozens of California towns and villages at risk in the event of an evacuation

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A map derived from data from 30,000 cities with less than 40,000 inhabitants paints a picture that shows that some communities have limited escape routes.

SACRAMENTO, Calif .– If a natural disaster, like a forest fire, were to happen where you live, do you know how to get out of it safely? Do you know which route to take?

A map derived from data from 30,000 cities with less than 40,000 inhabitants paints a picture that shows that some communities have limited escape routes.

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The risk is based on the population and the number of roads that could take people out of town. The red areas shown on the map show high risk areas. There are several notable places in the Sacramento and Sierra area.

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An area shaded in red is South Lake Tahoe. It shows that the population is over 21,000 people. There are nine exits, but it’s risky as people use the main road about 48% of the time.

This is a concern for the South Lake Tahoe firefighters. They recently created an interactive emergency preparedness map.

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“These cards will allow families, residents and visitors to say ‘damn if I live on this side of town, what is my main exit, what is my secondary exit,” said Bruce Martin, fire chief by Acting, South Lake Tahoe Fire Department.

Additionally, Lake Plumas is shaded red here as nearly 6,000 people live there with 6 exits and people using the main road 62 percent of the time.

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