California Wildfire: Fire Map, Routes, Affected Area And Evacuation
At least four homes were destroyed and thousands of people were forced to evacuate in two towns in Northern California as a result of a wildfire.Advertisement
The fire, which spread into populated areas, destroyed establishments in Lower Lake including a post office, a winery, a Habitat for Humanity office and businesses and restaurants.
As reported by CBS Local, with the fire spreading east of Lower Lake as many as 4,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes. By Sunday, the blaze had burned through almost 3,000 acres. Firefighters had to endure hot weather and lack of cloud cover, making the task of containing the blaze even more difficult.
California wildfire: “It’s eating the edges of the town away”
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“The fire activity could change in a moment’s notice right now,” Suzie Blankenship, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said.
The southern part of Clearlake was being evacuated. Resident Lynn Elliott witnessed the blaze from just outside the town of Willows. “It’s eating the edges of the town away,” Elliott said. Patients at a local hospital were transported to another hospital located around 25 miles away.
As reported by the Sacramento Bee, U.S. Highway 20 – between the points where it intersects with Highway 53 and Highway 29 – and Highway 29 – between Highway 53 and the Kitts Corner convenience store in Kelseyville – have been closed as a result of the fire.
California wildfire: As many as 1,000 structures threatened
Daniel Berlant, spokesman for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said as many as 1,000 structures are threatened by the fire being called the Clayton Fire.
Almost 800 firefighters, along with four helicopters, three air tankers and 66 engines, had been deployed to battle the growing blaze on Sunday.
Since last year, there have been other wildfires that have hugely affected the residents. In September the Valley Fire burned through more than 76,000 acres in Lake, Sonoma and Napa counties. More than 1,200 homes were destroyed in the incident.
The Jerusalem Fire in August spread to more than 25,000 acres, destroying six homes. A few days earlier, the Rocky Fire burned through 69,000 acres and destroyed 43 homes.