RENO, NV - An evacuation sent about 5:30 PM on air via EAS appears to have been in error. It reported non-existent widespread emergency evacuations in several northern Nevada counties.
However, police agencies in counties other than Lyon and Douglas aren't reporting evacuations. The only confirmed VOLUNTARY and PRECAUTIONARY evacuations are in Douglas and Lyon counties for small pockets of areas affected by the Bison Fire.
We apologize for the alert that appears to have been sent accidentally. Emergency officials are working to track how the message was sent.
Here is the accurate evacuation information from Sierra Front and Lyon County:
A voluntary evacuation notice remains in effect for about 20 structures in the area of Pine Nut Road, and there are new voluntary and precautionary evacuations in the area of Pipeline Canyon Road in Smith Valley as of Tuesday afternoon. There's no word how many homes are affected, but the Lyon County Sheriff's office is going door-to-door in the Pipeline Canyon area encouraging residents to evacuate.
Lyon County has set up a temporary shelter at the Smith Valley Baptist Church on Hudson Way. The Lyon County Volunteer Rescue Group and the NV Department of Agriculture will be available to move large animals if necessary. The evacuation area is everything north of Artist View Road and west of Upper Colony Road. For additional information on evacuations you can contact the Lyon County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 775/463-6620.