[UPDATE 9:47 p.m. Hwy 53 Reopened] Maps of the Clayton Fire, Thousands Evacuated, Likely Hundreds of Structures Destroyed
Are you wanting to know where the Clayton Fire burned so far? The latest maps are below.
But first a quick recap, the Clayton Fire tore through the town of Lower Lake yesterday after flames burst through contingency lines and raced into an area which had remained unscathed during last year’s devastating fires. (See previous story here.)Thousands evacuated by car, bus, and even sometimes by walking. Animals and people fled from flames that appear to have destroyed more than 100 homes and businesses (Cal Fire will be bringing in a team today to access the damage.) We’ll be updating throughout the day as the fire continues to push across drought parched lands.
Below we posted a screenshot taken from a heat map of the fire. (You can download the large version for a 3D-type experience if you have Google Earth installed by clicking this link. This allows you to inspect the areas within the fire closely. Please give it some time to download.)
Note the intense heat on the northeastern edge of the fire. As well as the scattered red dots showing pockets of heat.
We will be updating as new information comes in.
UPDATE 8:52 a.m.: Let people know that lost and found pets can be reported at this site here.
UPDATE 9:07 a.m.: Follow Matthew Henderson for photos and updates from the frontlines.
UPDATE 9:55 a.m.: Cal Fire just released this updated map showing the Clayton Fire in relation to the 2015 fires.
UPDATE 10 a.m.: Firefighters will be looking to use the perimeter lines from the 2015 Rocky Fire to stop the Clayton Fire from spreading. At this point, there are multiple aircraft and crews working the fire using daylight to their advantage before the sun sears the vegetation and makes it more likely to ignite.
UPDATE 10:06 a.m.: Caltrans has an update on the roads. We’ve embedded it from their Facebook page.
UPDATE 12:01 p.m.: A falling tree killed a hotshot working on the Strawberry Fire, yesterday. This is not the same fire as the one in Clearlake but we thought we should honor the one who died here. This was sent out yesterday.
At approximately 1600 hours, a Lolo Interagency Hotshot crew member [Justin Beebe of Bellows Falls, Vermont. He is a member of the Lolo Hotshots based in Region 1] with the US Forest Service. was hit by a falling tree, sustaining critical injuries. Line EMTs and paramedics assigned to the division responded and a short haul capable helicopter was launched. A short-haul extraction was initiated at 1730 and the injured firefighter was transported to helibase. Life Flight paramedics, in consultation with a physician in Ely, declared the firefighter deceased at 1746.
A Coordinated Response Protocol (CRP) Team and Learning Review Team (LRT) has been mobilized and will receive an in-briefing and delegation of authority at 1800 hours today.
//s// Steve Mietz
Superintendent, Great Basin National Park
The deceased is Justin Beebe of Bellows Falls, Vermont. He is a member of the Lolo Hotshots based in
Region 1 with the US Forest Service.
UPDATE 12:15 p.m.: Cal Fire update stated:
- Southern Clearlake area still evacuated
- 1000 firefighters working today.
- CAL FIRE crews doing assessment of how many buildings burned today. 175 homes burned down… multiple commercial buildings
- Hwy 29 and 53 closed.
- Fire moving east today.
UPDATE 1:50 p.m.: Cal Fire says fire is
- 4000 acres
- 1500 Structures threatened
- 175 Structures Destroyed
- Over 1000 personnel on scene
UPDATE 1:51 p.m.: Lake Co. Sheriff issued the following information about donations:
Information Concerning Donations
North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is re-activating the fire relief fund created during 2015’s devastating Lake County wildfires, and is already working with local organizations to react as quickly as possible to the Clayton fire.
More details about the fund and how to apply will be forthcoming. In the meantime, donations are being accepted at any Mendo Lake Credit Union branch, at any NCO office, or via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=HLU6ZNS7EDQU8. Make checks payable to NCO / Wildfire Relief Fund, and write “Clayton Fire” in the memo section.
UPDATE 4:47 p.m.: Schools closed.
School Closures Due to Clayton Fire
For the safety of students, teachers and staff, the Konocti Unified School District schools will be closed for the week of August 15 through August 19 due to the close proximity of the Clayton Fire.
The schools affected by closure include Burns Valley Elementary, East Lake Elementary, Lower Lake Elementary, Pomo Elementary, Lower Lake High School, Lewis Center, Blue Heron School, Carlé High School, Highlands Academy, Konocti Education Center and Clearlake Creativity School.
A plan for the continuance of school operations for the following week will be released on or by Friday, August 19.
UPDATE 4:52 p.m.: Lake County Sheriff posted,
COMMUNITY MEETINGS TODAY
6:00 p.m. Kelseyville High School
7:30 p.m. Twin Pine Casinos
The public is invited to attend community meetings to be held this evening.
Community meeting #1:
Kelseyville High School
5480 Main Street
Community meeting #2:
Twin Pine Casino
South of Middletown
The goal of the community meetings is to inform the public of the current fire situation and to discuss the impact of the Clayton Fire on the community.
UPDATE 7:17 p.m.: Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed Lake County in a state of emergency “due to the effects of the Clayton Fire, which has burned thousands of acres, damaged critical infrastructure, destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of residents.”
UPDATE 7:32 p.m.: State Senator Mike McGuire tweeted,
— Mike McGuire (@ilike_mike) August 16, 2016
UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: Link to a video that shows the devastation of the Lower Lake Fire from above.
UPDATE 8:47 p.m.: Arrest made in the Clayton Fire. A 40-year-old Clearlake man was charged with 17 counts of arson. Read more here.
UPDATE 9:47 p.m.: Caltrans posted on their Facebook page, “State Route 53 has been reopened to traffic. Motorists should drive with caution due to fire equipment and Caltrans crews continuing inspections and tree removal.”