[UPDATE Wednesday 8 a.m.] Clayton Fire, Day 3: Maps, Photos, More
A structure burns in Lower Lake near Main Street Sunday [Photo by Matthew Henderson–for more of his dramatic views of the Clayton Fire and other news events follow him on Facebook.]
The Clayton Fire which began Saturday and roared through Lower Lake on Sunday leveling homes and businesses was relatively quiet yesterday. As of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Cal Fire reports it is 4000 acres and only 20% contained. (We have maps of the fire showing how it burned to the east yesterday below.)
The people of Lake County are struggling through a second fire year. One Lake County resident wrote us, ‘[C]lose friends of mine have lost their homes in this fire, it’s devastating…We’re constantly on our toes, looking out the window, waiting for the flames to just be in our backyard.”Last night, community members breathed a collective sigh of relieve after an arrest was made of a man believed to be responsible. Damin Pashilk, age 40 of Clearlake is being held on 17 counts of arson “in connection with numerous fires in Lake County over the past year,” Cal Fire said in a press release.
In order to understand the fire we have several maps.
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.)
The fire moved mostly east. We overlayed the map from yesterday with today’s so you can see the two main areas of change (circled in blue).
Below we also have a topo map. Too small, right? Don’t worry. Just click on it and wait for a pdf map of the area to load. [Both of these maps were based on heat radiation imagery taken at 12:31 a.m. today]
Though the fire was relatively quiet yesterday, the temperatures again are expected to be in the high 90’s and the winds are expected to increase slightly. We’ll be following the story and updating as new information comes in.
UPDATE 3:41 p.m.: Lake County Sheriff posted,
The following Evacuation Areas will be opened to all traffic on 8/16/16 at 3:00 P.M. Neighborhoods east of State Highway 53 from Polk Avenue south to Cache Creek. This includes the area of Clearlake referred to as “The Avenues.” Road closures that will remain or are new: Full closure of Lake Street, south of Dam Road.
UPDATE 7:40 p.m.: Cal Fire is still reporting that the fire is 4000 acres but now they say they have it 35% contained.
The Lake County Sheriff posted,
Suppression crews made good progress today and were able to construct additional control lines. Damage Inspection Teams continue to gather damage data in the affected areas. The inspection process is meticulous and ongoing. As additional information becomes available, the numbers of damaged or destroyed structures may change. Today at 3PM, the mandatory evacuation order was lifted for the neighborhoods east of State Highway 53 from Polk Avenue, south to Cache Creek. This included the area of Clearlake referred to as “The Avenues”. The cancellation of additional evacuation orders are being evaluated based on a variety of factors including potential fire behavior and re-establishment of critical infrastructure.
For more information visit www.fire.ca.gov and www.readyforwildfire.org
UPDATE Wednesday 8 a.m.: Firefighters kept the Clayton Fire in check yesterday. It didn’t grow and they upped the containment to 40%.
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- Civilians Escaping on Foot; Sheriff of Lake County Declares Emergency
- Maps of the Clayton Fire, Thousands Evacuated, Likely Hundreds of Structures Destroyed
- Man Arrested in Clayton Fire