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New wildfire in Lower Lake area 8/14/16

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New wildfire in Lower Lake area 8/14/16

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.

sfgate.com/news/article/Lake-County-wildfire…

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.

…ca.gov/current_incidents/…1390

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.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi

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.

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1. Re: New wildfire in Lower Lake area 8/14/16

This fire is very much out of control, up to 4000 acres (over 6 square miles) at least report and only 5% containment; 175 structures burned, 1500 threatened, and mandatory evacuations for several areas. The small town of Lower Lake has been hit hard, including extensive destruction on the main street. Over 1600 personnel are assigned with multiple engines, dozers, copters, air tankers, and more.

…sfgate.com/bayarea/article/More-than-100-st…

Mutual aid has come from Marin County, San Francisco, Daly City, Woodside, San Jose, and other departments as far south as Morgan Hill. Many of these personnel and apparatus recently returned from the Soberanes fire. Mutual aid does not strip any area of its fire protection; it’s a systematic process where the state Office of Emergency Services requests crews and equipment from around the state to form task forces to help on major fires. Crews rotate in and out, and a department is not mandated to send more help than it can spare without putting its town at risk. Urban FDs that aren’t equipped or trained for heavy-duty wildland fires may not go to the actual wildfire, but “cover-in” at local stations to protect towns while the locals work on the wildfire. There are statewide radio frequencies so different agencies can communicate, and hose and hydrant connections are supposed to be standard so a San Jose engine can connect lines to a rural Lake County hydrant and relay to a Sacramento engine, and so on – I hope it works out in practice and not just theory.

A road closure is in effect on Hwy 53, but apparently not on 20 or 29 at this time. Check the Caltrans road conditions website for current conditions.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi?roadnumber=20%2C+29.+53&submit=Search

This fire is now listed on Inciweb, but federal agencies are not involved and all official info is on the Cal Fire website.

…ca.gov/currehttp:/…1390

I do not know this area at all, so if there is a TA who can give a local perspective, that would probably help the rest of us have a clearer picture of what is happening.

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2. Re: New wildfire in Lower Lake area 8/14/16

Breaking news ... the possible cause of this fire, and a possible nominee for Lake County’s Least Popular Resident award.

sfgate.com/news/article/Clear-Lake-man-arres…

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