Monterey County Office of Emergency Services If Wildfire Strikes, Carmel Valley Residents Have Few Ways Out By Erika Mahoney • Mar 28, 2019 Erika Mahoney Listen Listening... / 4:26 Carmel Valley has known wildfire risks: steep terrain, seasonally dry brush and lots of open space. It also has limited evacuation routes. Monterey County Evacuation Plan In The Works By Erika Mahoney • Feb 28, 2019 Erika Mahoney Listen Listening... / 1:39 Even during regular commute times, Monterey County roads get backed up with traffic. So it’s easy to imagine gridlock during an emergency. That’s why the county is working on a regional evacuation plan.