Wildfire threatens lakeside homes in Northern California

by Abel Hampton August 15, 2016, 0:19
Wildfire threatens lakeside homes in Northern California

That overlapped the Rocky Fire, which burned 69,439 acres, including 43 homes, between July 29 and August 13 of a year ago.

It quickly grew to at least 350 acres and sent a plume of smoke over the lake.

Fire crews planned to close Highway 1 between Point Sur Lighthouse and North Coast Ridge Road at 2 p.m. Sunday to conduct fire operations for the Soberanes blaze. Multiple evacuations have been ordered as the blaze continues to spread.

A wildfire racing through dry vegetation in northern California has destroyed four homes and forced more than 1,000 people to evacuate, fire officials said on Sunday.

Per Fox, the wildfire was first reported before 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The Jerusalem Fire, which broke out August 9, 2015, scorched 25,118 acres and six homes before it was contained August 24.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

In Zone #1, the area of Running Deer Ranch including Tri-County and Cal Shasta off Gage Irving Road north of Cow Camp Loop, residents were being asked to shelter-in-place as the area had become isolated by fire.

Evacuated residents are now staying at Highlands Senior Center in Clearlake after Middletown HS refused to open its facility for the fire evacuees.

No estimates of the number of residents forced to flee the fire were available. Helicopters and air tankers also were battling the blaze.

Evacuations are in progress for Ellen Springs, Clayton Creek and Highway 53 to Dam and Morgan Valley Roads. It killed four people, destroyed more than 1,300 homes, burned 120 square miles and was considered California's third most destructive wildfire.

KCRA reports that the Clayton Fire is in the rugged hills of Lake County, which was scorched by the Valley Fire last September 12, 2015.

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