CLEARLAKE, Calif. (KRON) — Evacuations are set in place for Lake County as the Clayton fire continues to grow, threatening homes.
According to Cal Fire crews, the blaze has scorched 3,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained. The fire has damaged or destroyed at least ten homes in the area. Fire crews said, at least 4,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.
The following areas have been evacuated…
- Morgan Valley Road to Butte Rock Ranch Road
- Copley Creek Subdivision, Bonham Road, Quarterhorse Road in Lower Lake
- Chapman Tract area in Clearlake, and east of State Highway 53
- Dam Road throughout the Avenues are to evacuate in Clearlake
- Ogulin Canyon and South of the Avenues in Clearlake
The wildfire has also affected traffic as crews said, all incoming traffic on Highway 53 has been closed. Traffic in Lower Lake on Highway 29 is closed between Spruce Grove North and Bell Park. Crews said all traffic is being re-routed.
PG&E officials have confirmed a total of 8,300 customers are without power in the Lake County area.
Four evacuation centers have been set up for residents in the area.
- Highland Senior Center 3245 Bowers Avenue in Clearlake
- Twin Pine Casino & Hotel 22223 Highway 29 in Middletown
- Kelseyville High School 5480 Main Street in Kelseyville
- Seventh Day Adventist Church 3500 Hill Road in East Lakeport
The Cal FireSchools were set to begin tomorrow, but many school districts have postponed the start date. The Konocti Unified School District will be closed tomorrow, followed by the Lower Lake Unified School District.
The fiery inferno has sparked a hospital to closed down. According to officials, the St. Helena Hospital in Clearlake is closed. Officials said, in case of emergencies residents should go to Sutter Lakeside Hospital.
Fire crews across the Bay Area have responded to the blaze in an effort to extinguished the flames. Crews from Novato, Contra Costa County and San Francisco were dispatched to the area.
Preparing 5 engines and a strike team leader immediate need to lake county https://t.co/m4xWDXHeBK
— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) August 14, 2016