Avalanche warning for the backcountry and homes in the very southwest corner of Donner Lake

January 10, 2017 – Recently Placer County Office of Emergency Services sent a phone message to Placer County residents in the southwest corner of the Donner Lake area along the streets of Washoe Cir., Conifer Dr., and parts of South Shore Dr. concerning avalanche danger.  Since many of these streets also run in the Town of Truckee, we wanted to make sure and provide similar information to our residents.

Residents of the south west Donner Lake area along Washoe Cir., Conifer Dr., and parts of South Shore Dr. are advised that a HIGH avalanche danger exists and will probably continue for the next few days.  Homes along Washoe Cir., Conifer Dr., and South Shore Dr., are in an avalanche zone due to the slopes above them and may consider evacuating.  Even though there are many areas of heavy forest above these homes, avalanches can run into areas of mature forest.  A backcountry avalanche warning is in effect in the Truckee – Tahoe area.  Travel in avalanche terrain, on or below slopes 30 degrees and steeper is not recommended.  For more information, check the Sierra Avalanche Center website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org.”