Rocky fire reaches 65,000 acres, mandatory evacuations in place


UPDATE: 1:25 p.m.

People at the Moose Lodge, where evacuees came earlier Tuesday to get pillows, apples and piles of French toast, are being advised to evacuate as the fire moves closer. The lodge, just north of Clear Lake, was set up as a community assistance center for people and their pets. With 15 to 20 hour mph winds coming from the northwest, the lodge could be directly in the fire path later Tuesday.

UPDATE: 12:05 p.m.

Layna Rivas of Clear Lake said she woke up Tuesday and checked a map. She said it appears the fire went through her property Monday night. “I might be one of those people who’ve lost precious things,” she said.

But she doesn’t know for sure.

“Worst part is I can’t get in to see what’s been damaged or not. I’m praying the fires moved slowly and the clear-cutting I did before I left have kept some of my structures safe,” she said.

Her place is called Ravens Haven, and she considers it a retreat for artists and musicians to escape into Mother Nature. “My heart is heavy at the thought of my once epic view of the valley that had an array of life and colors now grey and lifeless,” she said.

UPDATE: 11:35 a.m.

Many people are aiding evacuees, handing out items such as pillows, apples and piles of French toast at a local Moose Lodge.

Tabetha Atwood, owner of Our Happy Tails Etc., a dog bakery in Clearlake, helped match wayward dogs with their owners Tuesday. She also had dog treats on hand for folks who came by with their pets.

“These are our friends, our family and our neighbors,” she said.

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m.

President Barack Obama is asking his aides to stay in close touch with California’s governor and other local officials as firefighters tackle an unruly wildfire.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama was briefed about the wildfire by his homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco. He says Obama is extending his gratitude to the men and women battling the fire and that the White House will be closely monitoring the situation.

The White House says the National Preparedness Level was raised on Monday to Level 4, which occurs when three or more regions have incidents requiring additional resources. There are 27 large, uncontained and active fires, being battled by 14,000 federal and state personnel.

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UPDATE: 6:56 A.M. : According to a Cal Fire spokesperson, the Rocky Fire has reached 65,000 acres after the flames jumped over roads.  Over 3,200 firefighters are battling the blaze.

UPDATE 7:48 P.M.: Fire has now burned 62,000 acres. Still 12 percent contained.

UPDATE: 6:05 P.M.: Fire over Highway 20 spread to well over 100 acres, Calfire said. Crews are making progress on that fire. Fire is 12 percent contained.

UPDATE: 4:51 P.M.: The flames have jumped Highway 20, and 50 acres were burned as a result, Calfire said. Crews are attacking aggressively.

UPDATE 8:17 a.m. : A mandatory evacuation has been implemented for all residents on Ogulin Canyon Road as well as all of Spring Valley.

Evacuation centers are located at Middletown High School and Kelseyville High School.

Mandatory evacuations also in effect for:

Jerusalem Valley area east of Soda Creek, Bonham Road, Quarter Horse Lane, Mustang Court, Bronco Court, Sunset Court, Morgan Valley east of Bonham Road, Canyon Road, June Bug Road, Cambell Ranch Road, Sloan Ranch Road, Sky High Ranch Road, Rocky Creek Road, Dam Road from the gate to the dam, Grizzly Canyon, Long Branch Drive, Lance Road, Cougar Road, Red Rocks, Meridian Road, Antelope Road, Mule Skinner Road, Flint Look Place, Moccasin Road, Roundball Road, Watertrough Road, Grigsby Canyon, Lucky Canyon, Remington Canyon, Walker Ridge, Walker Ridge Road, No Guns Road, Meriann Drive, Bear Valley Road from Highway 20 to Wilbur Springs Road, Wilbur Springs Road and Morgan Valley Road X Butte Creek Road, Ogulin County Road and Spring Valley, Paradise Canyon, New Long Valley Road, Old Long Valley Road, Salt Canyon, Indian Hill Road, Flaming Hills Lane, Benmore Canyon, Red Rock Road, Red Rock Court, Round Mountain Road North West of Highway 22, Fern Way, Juniper Way, Holly Way, Golden Red Way, Shasta Road, Cougar Road, Jeep Trail, Smith Lane, Pueblo Trail, Quail Trail, Ogulin Canyon Road, Meadow Creek Road, Cache Creek Road, Wolf Creek Road, Spring Valley Road, Riverview Road, Rocky Ridge, Chalk Mountain Road, Lakeview Campground, Cache Creek Winery, Noggle Winery, Elm Way, Dogwood, Cedar, Blue Berry, Acacia Way, Acacia Street, Doe Trail, Madrone Way, Peach Way, Quince Way, Redwood Way, Sequoia Way, Tamarack Way, Weeping Willow Way, Yucca Way, Coyote Way, Elk Way and Fox Way.

UPDATE 6:32 a.m. : The Rocky fire has grown to 60,000 acres, with 12% containment.

According to CalFire, “There are 21 active fires across California, well over 9,000 firefighters battling them. Thousands of lightning strikes have occurred since last week, sparking several hundred small wildfires.”

UPDATE: The Rocky fire is now at 54,000 acres and 5% contained.

As of 6:30 p.m. over 2,000 firefighters from all over the state of California are fighting the blaze along with 180 fire engines and 19 Helicopters.

The fire has destroyed 26 outbuildings and 24 residences.

There’s over 6,000 structures currently threatened.

This afternoon there will be a community meeting at Lower Lake High School in regards to the fire.

LAKE COUNTY (KRON)- The Rocky Fire, which includes Lake County, has grown to 46,000 acres and forced thousands to evacuate their homes.

The fire was at 27,000 acres yesterday and has grown.

Over 45 buildings have been destroyed, many of those homes.

The fire is currently 5 percent contained as of 6:50 a.m this morning.

Watch KRON 4’s Scott Rates reporting on the fire.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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