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Alameda County family reported in good condition after two days stranded in Sierra

An Alameda County man and his two young children were reported in good physical condition after spending two days lost in a remote area of Sierra County, sheriff’s officials said.

Nicholas Vlahos, 41, his 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter were found about 8 p.m. Thursday in the Poker Flat area of western Sierra County, said Officer Joel Burdick of the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office. They were spotted by a National Guard helicopter crew and were hoisted out the the area by helicopter.

Burdick said Vlahos’ 2015 black Toyota Tundra 4X4 pickup and become stuck in the rugged area, where there is no cell phone service.

Sierra County sheriff’s officials said they received a report shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday that Vlahos and the children were overdue returning home. They had last been seen in western Sierra County, traveling from the site where they had camped with other family members. Vlahos had said he planned to drive through a remote and rugged portion of Sierra and Plumas counties on his way home. Family members told sheriff’s officials that Vlahos and ample food and water with him in the truck.

The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office conducted a quick search of the travel route Tuesday. Additional agencies joined in ground an air searches Wednesday and Thursday.

Burdick said it was raining off and on Thursday night, and a helicopter was the most expedient means of bringing the family out of the remote area.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.