[UPDATE 5:37 a.m. Monday] Civilians Escaping on Foot; Sheriff of Lake County Declares Emergency
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Original post: The Clayton Fire in Lake County continues to rampage forcing people and animals to flee. Some people are having to escape on foot. Flames are currently threatening the town of Lower Lake. At 2.55 p.m, the commander says that the fire is going to start burning the town of Lower Lake in 15 minutes if they don’t stop it.
Lower Lake received evacuation orders earlier today and Clearlake received evacuation orders about 2:30 p.m. in the area commonly known as the Chapman Tract east of State Hwy 53. “It is a complicated area to evac,” reports the incident commander over the scanner.
At 2:40 p.m. we heard emergency personnel state on the scanner, “We are starting to pick up people walking out of the fire. Can we get a medic unit?”
A commander on the incident is asking that no firefighters or aircraft be diverted from his area as there are life threatening conditions.
Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin declared “a local public emergency due to the disastrous conditions.”
Below in a video posted by Sheriff Tom Allman of Mendocino County, he and State Senator Mike McGuire were moved from an area as it becomes unsafe.
UPDATE 3:10 p.m.: “We are shutting down Hwy 53 and 29,” according to scanner traffic. All of Lower lake and the bottom half of Clearlake is being evacuated.
UPDATE 3:47 p.m.: Mom and daughter are swimming across Cache Creek. The fire is held to one side of the creek.
UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: Cal Fire video update, The Battalion Chief on scene states the fire jumped Morgan Valley Road.
— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) August 14, 2016
UPDATE 4:06 p.m.: “…commercial structures burning in Lower Lake,” according to scanner.
UPDATE 4:17 p.m.: According to Incident Dashboard, a fire site, Commercial structures burning in downtown Lower Lake, per IC. Fully in defensive mode, no ability to attempt perimeter control at this time.
UPDATE 4:19 p.m.: Senator Mike Mcquire tweeted,
— Mike McGuire (@ilike_mike) August 14, 2016
UPDATE 4:28 p.m.: Cal Fire just tweeted that Clayton Fire is “2,000 acres and 5% contained.”
UPDATE 4:32 p.m.: Map from Modis showing rough boundaries.
UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: “Multiple structures involved [on fire],” reports a commander to fire command. Fire has jumped Cache Creek as of 4:40 p.m. Firefighters are trying to “steer” the fire into the burn area of the 2015 Rocky Fire.
UPDATE 4:52 p.m.: Operation of Emergency Services Director posted,
— mark s ghilarducci (@CalOES_Dir) August 14, 2016
UPDATE 4:54 p.m.: SF Chronicle reporter tweeted this video of Lower Lake burning.
— Evan Sernoffsky (@EvanSernoffsky) August 14, 2016
UPDATE 5:12 p.m.: As of this posting, this is live video from Lower Lake.
UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: The live video is now over. When Henderson does another, we’ll let you know.
UPDATE 5:55 p.m.: Firefighters are headed to rescue a juvenile trapped in a swimming pool with fire all around. This is the 9000 block of Riverview Drive. See blue pool in lower center of map below.
UPDATE 5:58 p.m.: Juvenile rescued and with the Sheriff’s Office and is uninjured!
UPDATE 6:29 p.m.: Lake County Sheriff posted, “Parents need to be aware that Konocti Unified School District schools will be closed on Monday, August 15, 2016.”
UPDATE 6:31 p.m.: Lake County Sheriff posted:
Additional evacuation centers have been established at Kelseyville High School in Kelseyville and the Seventh Day Adventist church in Lakeport.
Kelseyville High School
5480 Main St. Kelseyville
Seventh Day Adventist Church
3500 Hill Road E. Lakeport
The Grace Evangelical Church in Kelseyville is NOT currently open for evacuees.
UPDATE 6:35 p.m.: For more live video go here: http://abc7news.com/live/7704/
UPDATE 7:03 p.m.: Screenshot from the live video above.
UPDATE 9:22 p.m.: Lake County Sheriff posted:
Evacuation Center Update
The Clearlake Highland Senior Center is closed as an evacuation center, due to a power outage. The following approved evacuation centers are open:
Kelseyville High School – 5480 Main Street, Kelseyville
Twin Pine Casino – 22223 Hwy 29, Middletown
Seventh Day Adventist Church – 3500 Hill Road E. Lakeport
UPDATE 9:41 p.m.: Cal Fire says, “3,000 acres – 5% contained”
UPDATE 5:37 a.m.: Monday: Press release from the CHP
Highway 53 closed between Highway 29 and Olympic Dr in Clearlake. Roads west of 53 are open, roads east of 53 are remaining closed at this time. Unkn eta for re-opening. Highway 20 and 29 are open.
UPDATE 8:06 a.m.: We’ve got fire maps here.