Golden Bear Trail Mass Evacuation Drill

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, Lake Valley Fire Protection District, CAL Fire, and the US Forest Service will be hosting a community evacuation drill for the Golden Bear Residential Tract on Saturday, May 18. The drill will take place from 8:00 am to about 12:00 pm.

On the day of the drill, residents of the Golden Bear Tract, who have registered their landline and/or cell phones with our regional notification systems (Code Red) will receive an emergency alert call informing residents of the drill and at the same time, testing the system in that specific area.

The “Golden Bear Evacuation Drill” will affect all of the Golden Bear Tract. Approximately 451 residents will be asked to voluntarily evacuate to the “Snow Dump” parking lot located at Sierra Boulevard and Barbara Avenue in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Traffic on Golden Bear Trail and Pioneer Trail may experience slight delays due to this drill.  A traffic control point will be established at Golden Bear Trail and Pioneer Trail to aid with traffic flow.   Again, this event may cause some traffic delays in the area.  Visitors and residents of the area should expect these delays and may see an increase in public safety responders and emergency vehicles. 

This is a great opportunity for Public Safety agencies to collaborate and prepare for potential incidents.  This drill will also exercise cooperative local agreements as well as an opportunity for residents to gain knowledge of how an evacuation is activated, operationalized, and communicated. We hope all of our residents in the Golden Bear Tract will participate in this voluntary evacuation.

If you have not yet signed up for Code Red, you can do it by visiting

Death Investigation in Shingle Springs

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Auwae

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist El Dorado County Fire at 4050 Sunset Lane in Shingle Springs.  Fire personnel responded for a medical aid and discovered a deceased person.  The cause of death was not apparent and there were concerns that the environment in the home caused the death.  El Dorado County Environmental Management came to the address to evaluate the conditions inside the home.  Personnel from Environmental Management tested the inside of the home.  At this time, there are no concerns for the safety of the public as a result of this incident.

                The investigation is ongoing.  The identity of the victim is pending.  More information will be released when it becomes available. 

Homicide in Somerset

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Simon Brown

At about 10:15 AM on 5/2/19, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a possible homicide on Meyers Lane in a rural area of Somerset. A female called from a neighbor’s house and stated her daughter had been shot by her boyfriend, Ulrich Smith. Smith’s whereabouts were unknown at the time, but he was believed to possibly still be at the residence.

EDSO deputies and SWAT surrounded the home and were able to make contact with Smith inside. During the course of conversations and negotiations with Smith, EDSO confirmed he was still armed and he was refusing to exit the home. At about 5:30 PM, EDSO heard a gunshot and found Smith deceased with a self inflicted gunshot wound. While clearing the home, EDSO found Janet Trigg, who was also deceased.

Members of EDSO have worked through the night to complete a thorough investigation. Next of kin notifications have been made.

Ulrich Smith