[UPDATE 11:09 p.m. Video!] Evacuations in Lake County as New Fire Grows Rapidly
A fire which started about 5 p.m. in Lake County is spreading rapidly. Within approximately one hour it has jumped from a couple acres to over 50. The Lake County Sheriff Department sent out this message, “Wildfire has broken out in Lower Lake in the Clayton Creek area. Residents on Clayton Creek Road and Ellen Springs area ordered to evacuate. Shelter being established at Twin Pine Casino.”
Lake County News is doing their usual stellar job covering this on their Facebook page here.
UPDATE 6:27 p.m.: Thousands are now without power according to the PG&E outage page.
UPDATE 6:41 p.m.: Tweet from CA Fire Scanner:
— CA Fire Scanner (@CAScanner) August 14, 2016
UPDATE 6:55 p.m.: Cal Fire retweeted this photo.
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 14, 2016
UPDATE 7:25 p.m.:
The fire is now at 80 acres and more evacuations have been ordered. The Lake County Sheriff sent out this alert,
Additional evacs ordered in Lower Lake area. Evacuations are ordered for the following areas in Lower Lake: Cantwell Ranch Road, Morgan Valley Road, Riata Road, Teklas Road Hale, Daly Hill, Teklas, Spruce Grove Road to Noble Ranch Road and Ellen Springs.
Residents should leave area immediately. Middletown High School designated as evacuation center. Coordinating with Red Cross now.
UPDATE 7:31 p.m.: Lake County Sheriff sent another alert, “Middletown HS has declined to open their facility for evacuees. Evacuated residents are now directed to respond to the Highlands Senior Center in Clearlake.”
UPDATE 7:57 p.m.: According to this pay site, the fire is now estimated to be 400 to 450 acres with 200 structures threatened and only 15% containment.
UPDATE 8:29 p.m. Lake County Sheriff sent another alert, “Evacuations ordered for Stahle Road and Morgan Valley Road to mile marker 7.1.”
UPDATE 11:09 p.m.: Video shared by Cal Fire: