Another serious wildfire is out of control in Northern California, at the east end of Clear Lake. The Clayton Fire started Saturday night, 8/13. In about 24 hours, it had grown to 3000 acres, a little over 2 square miles (far more by now) and is only 5% contained. Thousands of people have had to evacuate. An unknown number of homes and other buildings have been burned and the fire has spread into the town of Lower Lake, and firefighters are trying to keep it from reaching the town of Clearlake.
This fire is not on Inciweb, the national wildfire website, because the Forest Service or other federal agencies are not involved at this time. You can find it on the CalFire website.
The Caltrans road conditions website shows no road restrictions, which seems odd to me, but it wouldn’t hurt to check later if you have plans to be in that area. Hwys 20, 29, and 53 would be the most likely ones impacted.
Clear Lake is a popular vacation spot for locals from the Bay Area and Sacramento, maybe not so much for tourists from far away as Big Sur is. It is also not far from last year’s Rocky Fire (70,000 acres; 100 buildings) and Valley Fire (76,000 acres; 4 fatalities; nearly 2000 buildings – the third most destructive wildife in state history, which Cal Fire has determined started from electrical wiring installed by a resident possibly without permit). So this area is not new to such calamities, the residents are understandably sick of it, and they could use everyone’s good wishes and prayers if you are so inclined.