Authorities are demanding people evacuate Calistoga saying that anyone who remains is hindering the progress of firefighters.
“It is imperative for any people who refuse to leave to do so immediately. Individuals failing to leave distract first responders. Their presence interferes with fire and police personnel to respond to fires. Individuals failing to leave may be subject to arrest,” wrote officials in a notification.
For anyone remaining in Calistoga Mayor Chris Canning made it very clear in a press conference that they should not be there.
“You will not be given life safety support,” Canning said.
Canning is also the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce that includes Visit Calistoga, the tourism branch for Calistoga. He said it pained him to tell visitors, in the interest of safety, to not come to Calistoga, which has been a tourist destination for more than 100 years.
“Your presence in Calistoga is not welcome,” he said. Anyone other than emergency personnel is a “distraction” to firefighters and other first responders.
There are no active fires within the city, Canning said.