[UPDATE 6:05 p.m.] New Fire Blowing Up in Lake County

Map of area of the fire showing air command circling the fire.

Map of area of the fire showing air command circling the fire. [Image from Flight Tracker]

A new fire, called the Ridge Incident, which started west of Kelseyville and east southeast of Hopland has a potential to reach 100 acres, according to information given by fire personnel over the scanner.

The first report of a fire came in a little after 2 p.m. According to the scanner about 2:30 p.m., the fire was already 10 acres and spreading east at a moderate rate of speed. The fire is burning west of Highland Springs.

Smoke from the Ridge Incident rises against a background of smoke from the still burning Ranch Fire on the Mendocino Complex.

Smoke from the Ridge Incident rises against a background of smoke from the still burning Ranch Fire on the Mendocino Complex. [Photo by Jody Mariani]

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

UPDATE 3:20 p.m.: The fire is now 30 acres headed east with a wind blowing from the west. There is a structure about 1/4 mile in front of the fire, according to an update from the Incident Commander over the scanner.

UPDATE 3:52 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported that the fire is now 40 acres but retardant has slowed it’s forward advance. Several tankers have now been released from the fire, according to the scanner.

UPDATE 6:05 p.m.: The Incident Commander reports now that the fire is 36 acres and 50% 15% contained.



  • Oh no! Preying for everyone’s safety

  • Poor Lake & Mendocino Counties aren’t getting a break at all

  • Kathy Christensen

    What the actual F?
    I guess everything in lake county hasn’t burned enough?
    Praying it gets knocked down fast!

  • They say 54% of Lake County has burned in the last four years.

    • Lake County has a Population Density, so burning impacts more people….
      The volcano just north in Napa hasn’t been inactive for all that long, and Clear Lake is volcanic, as I recall.
      Maybe we should just be glad it’s only fire, not lava they have to deal with.
      Which is not to say fire isn’t bad enough, but those people burned out at least have land to return to, start over. Those folks in Hawaii have FEMA and maybe a sympathetic insurance company left.

      • Only FIRE??!! Our community has been completely terrorized and devastated by these fires…for Four years. You obviously have never lived through this or you would not make comparisons that minimize the pain and hardship that the lake co community has suffered! There are many low income people in lake co. ( renters) who have lost everything! They do not have any land to start over on! They have nothing! We are not glad that it’s ‘only’ fire.

        • I’ve been a resident of the area for over 30 years. I’ve been part of a volunteer fire department and watched the flames creeping up the drainage toward the house I built. Beat back fires that crept up under the workshop and tried to get in through the floorboards. I – no – we won the battle. House and workshop still stand, for now.
          One of the scariest times in my life. But the land is still there. IF buildings burned, they can be rebuilt.
          AND – when all is said and done, those folks in Hawaii don’t even have land to start over on.
          I was not attempting to minimize fire losses, not one bit. I was trying to point out that the losses are not total – well, not for land owners. It’s different for tenants. They lose the home and the Stuffs inside.
          We LOVE our Stuffs. We are immensely attached to what we have and desperate to get more – it’s the American Way, isn’t it? BUT – even the heirlooms are only STUFF. Mostly, we can get more. Memorabilia is a bit harder to lose, but still – you have memories, yes?
          Those folks who own land ravaged by fire still have something.
          Tenants, and the folks who lost it all in Hawaii have my sympathy, they may have only the clothes on their backs and no where to go home to.
          But the rest of it – tools and toys and everything else can be replaced in time.
          If you have a place to go home to.

      • Pretty sure people who build houses in the path of an active volcano have a hard time getting insurance, Mobius. That’s why land is so cheap there. I’ve walked those subdivisions, and they were pure lava with just a few ferns starting to grow when those subdivisions sprang up. Also, FEMA? Good luck with that, Hawai’i.

        • I’ve been following this in the local Hawaiian News. The State is looking at state owned land to offer at low cost to the folks who lost everything. FEMA is present and doing something – although I’ve missed a few reports.
          As for the insurance. East Rift Zone was potentially active and lots of the houses burned before the lava got to them and that might count for something.
          For that matter – how many of the landowners locally have their hand built houses insured against fire or anything else? It’s an added expense on top of taxes and road fees, water trucks and gravel…
          Insurance companies want working, year round ponds and hazard reduction to even be considered. Trailers would be even harder to insure, given how fast they burn.
          But even if the house burns, the land is there…

          • most people in the east rift zone on the big island PUNA district that had lava flow over their homes were in lava zone 1. typically and almost always you cannot get lava insurance in zone 1. I had a few friends lose their homes. My uncle lived in leilani estates about 700 feet from fissure 8 even though lava didn’t get his house and he was in lava zone 2 with insurance his dream is over and dead he owned the property since 1973. and built his home from nothing hand cleared the jungle to do it. The people on big island and lake and Mendo counties all have my prayers with the devastation they have been through. it’s tough to see when you are on the fireline and tougher to live

      • Clearlake is also inactive and you have to remember people in Hawaii chose to live in an island formed be an active volcano. Lake county people deal with higher levels of poverty than Hawaii and didn’t choose for overpopulation to cause draughts and constant fires in our area. But most importantly, who the f compares tragedies? There most be a way you can contribute with your time? Are you bored? Lots of volunteer work always needs to be done on the planet.

      • Clearlake is a man made lake. Its not volcanic. I lived in upper lake for years. Im pretty sure the volcano, konocti, isnt active. Not the cause for any of this.

        • Clear Lake is a natural lake. It is not a man made reservoir.

          • You’re both right. It’s a natural lake that was dammed up. From Wikipedia: “The streams feeding Clear lake contain Sacramento pikeminnow, California roach, and rainbow trout. Lamprey are present in at least one stream, Kelsey Creek. Prior to the construction of a dam on the outlet of Clear Lake, both steelhead and Pacific lamprey ascended Cache creek to spawn in Clear lakes tributaries.”

      • Everyone makes there own choices where to live.

  • Not sure how these comments provide comfort to us in danger. Not sure if you live in Hawaii, and are drawing a comparison to your situation. I was evacuated during last Months Complex Fire. Last Sunday, the Cache Fire threatened my Neighborhood. Thankfully, EMS gained control of the blaze quickly. Had I lost it all, why would I care to return and rebuild in Fire Country? At least a Volcano has a buildup. There are Days, sometimes Weeks of warning – time to get out. The Complex Fire, at times and fueled by Winds, traveled 90 Miles per Hour. Often there are only moments to save ones Life. I consider your comparison likened to comparing Stalin to Hitler- Sure, Hitler only killed 6 Million Jews. The Jews should be glad he wasn’t Stalin (20 Million murdered). Means nothing to those affected.

  • In this Economy, often folks live where the jobs they are skilled in provide opportunity. Otherwise, they would have no place to live. I am new to this area. That is why I am here. I asked a Woman who lost her home to The Valley Fire in 2015, and then after rebuilding, lost her second home back in November of last Year, why she doesn’t move from the area. Her answer was that she had no other Employment prospects anywhere else. It is an oversimplification to claim that folks can just up and move at will.

  • God bless, I pray continually!
    Hope beautiful
    Lake county rebounds
    God love ya!

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