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Salinas Valley Fairgrounds turned into an emergency shelter

City of King

Monterey County has converted the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds into an emergency for residents and their pets.

The shelter, located on 625 Division Street in King City, opened Sunday morning and much like the county's other three shelters, it will stay open for 24 hours. The fairgrounds have room for about 40 residents but there is also some room for evacuees with RVs.

The Salinas Valley Fairgrounds shelter is the only shelter in Monterey County that allows pets.

The Monterey and Salinas combined shelter is another option for those with pets. These shelters are located at 144 Hitchcock Road in Salinas. They are accepting animals on a first come first serve basis and still have some capacity, according to the county.

Watch: SPCA Monterey County under evacuation warning, moving animals elsewhere

Other County Evacuation Shelters:

  • Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza in Monterey, near Pacific Avenue. 
  • Carmel Middle School | Emergency Shelter | 4380 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA 93923 | 24 hrs
  • Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906.

Evacuation Centers (open from 8am to 8pm daily)

  • King City Library, 402 Broadway in King City
    • Provide information and support, snacks, water, and charging for devices for evacuees. 

Those coming to any of the county's shelters will need to have face coverings and be prepared to social distance and follow directions from shelter staff regarding COVID procedures. Temperature checks will be taken for everyone’s safety.

Evacuees must provide proof of residency in the fire evacuation zone, whether it is a current ID, bill, statement or vehicle registration.

Jesus Reyes

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