[UPDATE 7:25 p.m 6700 Acres, 30% Contained] Valley Fire: Over 100 Square Miles and Only 15% Containment [The Latest Maps]


One of the over 500 homes that have burned so far during the Valley Fire. [Photo by @EPN564. Follow on Twitter for more images.]

Cooler weather and over 2,300 fire personnel have kept the Valley Fire in Lake County from the explosive growth of the first few days. Today the fire has “merely” expanded another 6000 acres since yesterday morning–burning over 100 square miles. Crews have clawed out a containment line around 15% of the inferno. Cal Fire says that 585 homes are known to have been “destroyed and hundreds of other structures are know to be destroyed as well.” (For evacuation and road closure information, go here.)

In the sidebar to the right, are the latest tweets about the #ValleyFire.

Here are three different maps of the fire:

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One of the saddest stories of the fire has been that of a disabled woman burned to death when she was not evacuated prior to the flames incinerating her home.

Below the woman’s caretaker relates the nightmare of how the woman died in her home during Valley Fire.


UPDATE 7:51 a.m.: Tweet from Senator Mike McGuire.

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