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Some California residents say they did not receive evacuation warnings soon enough

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Posted at 4:19 AM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 07:19:34-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some residents who barely escaped a fast-moving wildfire in Northern California wine country say they didn't get warnings or the alerts went out too late.

The state has made strides in updating its evacuation alert systems since failing to notify thousands of people in deadly fires in the same region three years ago.

But gaps remain in the systems operated by each of the 58 counties, putting lives at risk.

Residents say they need a seamless system that crosses county lines and gives clear, useful information about what's happening.

Two counties say they're reviewing what went wrong when some people weren't notified to evacuate last week.