[UPDATE: Live Video] New Evacuations on Pawnee Fire; Governor Declares State of Emergency
Video by Humboldt Bay Firefighters posted on Facebook.
The Pawnee Fire which had burned 8200 acres by this morning is now pushing south and east. There is still 0% containment. The Lake County Sheriff issued mandatory new evacuations for the Double Eagle Ranch area.
As of 4:15 p.m, fire is dangerously threatening structures in the Chalk Mountain area, according to scanner traffic. Multiple fire support crews are being sent to the area as is aircraft.
The fire is advancing onto Chalk Mountain Road, according to scanner traffic and a report from Mark McKenna, our photographer. The red and yellow area represents areas Cal Fire mapped as part of the fire this morning.
The fire’s advance has not gone unnoticed. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a State of Emergency for Lake County. This will provide more resources for the residents and the firefighters.
In addition, a man was arrested in the evacuated area. According to the Lake County Sheriff,
The community of Spring Valley has been under mandatory evacuation since June 23rd when a fire erupted on the northern end of Spring Valley and threatened the entire community. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance from local law enforcement agencies to assist with patrolling the evacuated areas. Those agencies are the Lakeport Police Department, Clearlake Police Department, California State Parks, California Fish and Wildlife, and the California Highway Patrol. They are patrolling for unauthorized people in the area and contacting them to determine their reason for being in the area.
On June 25th, at approximately 1340 hours, Lakeport Police Officer Andrew Welter was assisting the Lake County Sheriff’s Office with patrolling the Spring Valley area. He observed a black Toyota 4-Runner traveling on Spring Valley Road to have expired license plate tabs. He conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver, who identified himself as Christian Hiran Campos, 30, of Ukiah. Campos said he was working in the Spring Valley community, but was unable to identify who he was working for or what he was doing.
It was determined Campos was an unlicensed driver. A consensual search of Campos’s vehicle revealed he was in possession of approximately two pounds of marijuana and a loaded handgun. Other items found inside the Toyota were a small weighing scale and binoculars.
Campos was arrested and booked at the Lake County Jail for being an unauthorized person in disaster zone, possession of more than 28.5 grams of cannabis, possession of cannabis for sale, transportation of cannabis for sale, possession of a concealed firearm in vehicle, unlicensed driver.
UPDATE: live video from Lake County’s Facebook page showing the smoke boiling up across Clear Lake.
Maps Made Early This Morning:
- Pawnee Fire in Lake County Forcing Evacuations, At Least One Home Burning
- Pawnee Fire in Lake County Now at 1,500 Acres; 12 Structures Destroyed; 600 Threatened
- In One Day, Pawnee Fire in Lake County Sweeps Over 7,700 Acres, Burns a Dozen Structures
- Pawnee Fire Jumps to 8,200 Acres (Maps); Twenty-two Structures Burned