Another Major Blaze Ignites in Lake County, Vehicles Trapped on Road, Multiple Structures Reported Burning, Firefighters Injured

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A new fire sprang up in Lake County this afternoon. Mandatory evacuations are underway in Hidden Valley Lake Community. Four firefighters are being reported as injured. Multiple structures are burning. CHP is reporting that vehicles are trapped on or near Hartman Road.

At 6:09 p.m. according to the California Highway Patrol, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office told CHP, “Fire jumped road/ vehicles trapped in fire.”

Here is a tweet from a eyewitness.

We’ll be updating below as new information comes in. UPDATE 6:39 p.m.: The public information officer for Cal Fire tweets,

UPDATE 6:41 p.m.: Valley Fire’s Incident page says,

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuationsHigh Valley Road, Bottle Rock Road, Community of Cobb, Harbin Hot Springs, Big Canyon Road, Community Hidden Valley Lake, Community of MiddletownThere are structures threaten with mandatory and advisory evacuations. Road closures are in place.
Road Closures : Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 (Kelseyville and Middletown), Hwy 29 X Red Hills Road and Hwy 29 X Loch Lomond

UPDATE 6:50 p.m.:

Arcgis Map from Upper pin shows first gps coordinates. Lower pin shows where the fire jumped Hwy 175. Shaded area shows where two earlier fires (the Rocky and the Jerusalem burned together earlier this summer.)



UPDATE 7:03 p.m.: CHP Dispatch Cad reports, ” 1.5 miles just south of Grange [traffic hazard] with burnt vehicles and trees.

6:40 PM 61 [192] 7-061 CPYS 1.5 MILES JSO GRANGE 1125 W BURNT VEHS AND TREES

UPDATE 7:18 p.m.: The Press Democrat is reporting over 50 homes burned, 1000’s ordered to flee.

Homes and buildings lost in blaze included structures at Hoberg’s Resort, a historic retreat founded in the 1880s on the wooded slopes of Cobb Mountain. It was burned to the ground. The fast-moving fire also consumed all the structures and vehicles within three miles of the resort, located on Highway 175 north of Cobb.

About 50 homes on the northern outskirts of Cobb were destroyed, but the community’s downtown area, including a school and a fire station, was intact.

UPDATE 7:23 p.m.:

Flames seen from Middletown around 5:30 in this tweet.

UPDATE 7:40 p.m.:

UPDATE 7:48 p.m.: Per scanner, as vehicles flee the fire on Hwy 29, they are utilizing both south and northbound lanes to go north.   Cal Fire’s Quickmap says that Hwy 29 is closed northbound from Tubb’s Lane in northern Callistoga.

Capture 2UPDATE 8 p.m.:


UPDATE 8:03 p.m.: Here’s a map of where McKinley Drive is located.

UPDATE 8:09 p.m.: Multiple reports of people trapped by fire. This person is tweeting about a pregnant niece and several others unable to get out.

UPDATE 8:13 p.m.: Cal Fire states, “The fire is at 10,000 acres and is burning in a south east direction from the Community of Cobb towards the communities of Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake. There have been an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed.” UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: The smoke is incredible! 

The Valley Fire, located in Lake County, grew to 10,000 acres this evening and was first reported at 1:24 PM PDT. The…

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UPDATE 8:21 p.m.: As residents flee, traffic on one of the few routes out of the area is stalling. According to CHP dispatch report, “MULT VEHS BACKED UP 29.”

UPDATE 8:24 p.m.: Pregnant woman and others rescued after being trapped.

UPDATE 8:32 p.m.: Scanner traffic and multiple tweets report approximately 25 people trapped at Hardester.

UPDATE 8:45 p.m.: The Valley Fire lights up the sky east of Cloverdale.


Cloverdale residents can see the Valley Fire as it burns in Lake County tonight. [Photo by Craig Philpott. Also used as Featured Photo.]

UPDATE 10 p.m.:

UPDATE 10:36 p.m.:

UPDATE 10:40 p.m.: From Cal Fire:

Acres Burned – Containment: 25,000 acres
Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations Bottle Rock Road, High Valley Road, Hwy 175 Cobb, Hwy 29 Tubbs Lane (Calistoga, Napa County) to Hwy 29/Hwy 53 (Lower Lake, Lake County) Butts Canyon Road to Napa County Line, including Berreyssa Estates. Communities of Cobb, Seigler Canyon, Loch Lomond, Middletown and Hidden Valley LakesEvacuation Centers:

Kelseyville Presbyterian Church. Also Calistoga Fair Grounds in Calistoga.

Road Closures : Hwy 29 X Bottle Rock, Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 (Kelseyville), Hwy 29 X Red Hills Road and Hwy 29 from Hwy 29/Hwy 53 Lower Lake to Hwy 29

UPDATE 10:48 p.m.: For those displaced or searching for loved ones, register or search here.

UPDATE 10:58 p.m.: According to CHP dispatch report, “MULT RES STUCK IN BIG VALLEY THAT NEED ASSISTANCE. [Multiple residents stuck in Big Valley that need assistance.]”

UPDATE 11:15 p.m.: A newsphotographer is livestreaming the fire. The images are very intense. Click here to view.

UPDATE 11:17 p.m.: Middletown video from about 10 p.m. roughly. To the right, are questions from the viewers of this new Periscope app. To the right, are questions from the viewers of this new Periscope app.

UPDATE 12:18 a.m.:

UPDATE 1:04 a.m.: Tweet from Marin County Sheriff:

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