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Travis Air Force Base orders non-mission essential personnel to evacuate ahead of fire

An American flag blows in the wind in front of a burning home in Vacaville, California during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on August 19, 2020.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 20, 2020

The base commander at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., has ordered most personnel to evacuate ahead of the LNU Lightning Complex Fire near Fairfield and Vacaville.

“All non-mission essential personnel residing in Travis AFB housing or lodging are directed to evacuate immediately,” the base said in a statement released late Wednesday. “Egress should be through the South and North Gates. Do not use the Main Gate or Hospital Gates.”

The announcement directs mission-essential personnel to contact their chain of command for duty status.

No lodging is available on Travis and service members and their families should stay with family or friends, proceed to evacuation centers or secure commercial lodging outside of the evacuation area, according to the release.

The base is activating its Emergency Family Assistance Center to assist with relocation due to the evacuation. Contact information will be provided when available, the base announced.

Once the evacuation order has been lifted, additional information will be released through the comptroller squadron regarding reimbursement of lodging and per diem expenses for mandatory evacuees.

The latest evacuation orders can be found at: https://local.nixle.com/county/ca/solano/.

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