Thursday, July 30, 2015

Second fire in my daughter's town

July 29 Wednesday a second fire started 14 miles east of my daughter's apartment

I was dumbfounded when my daughter called me Wednesday afternoon to tell me that a new fire broke out 14 miles east of her apartment, the very apartment I just move from living with her.  

I was recovering still from having a panic attack from Saturday's fire that was in back of the apartment. She too was having panic attacks and could not sleep well at all since Saturday. 
If it wasn't rough enough for her, me, my son and my daughter's boyfriend and all of our friends in the area, comes a new fire that was raging out of control to her area, AGAIN! 

This fire, called the Rocky fire came within 5 miles of my daughter and the town of Lower Lake main street or Morgan Valley Road. 

I had thought the fire had completely surrounded our complex on Saturday, July 27, 2015 - but I was corrected yesterday - that it only was on the west side.  So there is still vegetation and homes to the east of the complex. 
Fortunately, there is a large enough creek that is from the Dam, hence the Dam Road that we live on, or rather I did but she still does.   My son lives a mile away north in Clearlake town. 

My daughter said that the creek below the complex will aid if it had or will come back, who knows. The temperatures are triple digit again and the winds are high and erratic.  

Thankfully CAL FIRE, which is already fighting many fires in California in the surrounding counties of her county of Lake, were able to send over 300 firefighters, and equipment, see list below. 

By 10:30 pm July 29, the fire got close to houses on Morgan Valley road and jumped to 3,000 acres.  Lake County news photo. Their website has been overwhelmed and some time has gone down.  They add a screen shot from yesterday often, keep checking back. Or go to CAL FIRE link below. 

Today July 30 a news video from KCRA Sacramento had posted this news article and video. The fire went south west last night and grew to 8,000 acres by this morning.

Here are photos from the local residents, the Lake County newspaper, and from the Lake County News at Facebook

                                            Bombers drop the fire retardant

                                               View from my daughter's apartment balcony
This is a view from the other side of the lower part of "Clearlake Lake" 
                                                      Morgan Valley road

Intersection of the town of Lower Lake and HWY 29
From the balcony of the complex where my daughter lives 

I will add updates on my Facebook page at

Video my daughter took of the fire from the view of her balcony July 29 2015

From the CAL FIRE website updates July 30 2015 7:00 am Pacific Time

Link to all current fire incidents
Rocky Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated:July 30, 2015 7:00 am  
Date/Time Started:July 29, 2015 4:10 pm  
Administrative Unit:CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit 
County:Lake County  
Location:near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake  
Acres Burned - Containment:8,000 acres  
Structures Destroyed:The fire has destroyed several outbuildings.  
Evacuations:Immediate evacuations are in place for the North side of Morgan Valley Road for 5 miles east of Bonham Rd.
South of Lower Lake evacuations in place at Spruce Grove Rd. NORTH, Noble Ranch, Jerusalem Grade, and Cantwell Ranch.
An evacuation center is opened at the Highland Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Road, Clearlake.
An animal evacuation center is opened at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake.  
Road Closures :Morgan Valley Road at Bonham, Rocky Creek Road, Dam Road, Mustang Court, Quarterhorse Road and Sleepy Hollow  
Cooperating Agencies:CAL FIRE, Kelseyville FPD, South Lake FPD, Northshore FPD, Lake County Sheriff, CHP, Lake Evacuation and Animal Protection (LEAP), Lake County Office of Emergency Services and North Bay Incident Management Team  
Total Fire Personnel:315  
Total Fire Engines:35  
Total Fire crews:8  
Total Airtankers:8  
Total Helicopters:8  
Total Dozers:9  
Total Water Tenders:4  
Conditions:Fire is traveling a rapid rate of spread with forward spotting. The terrain is rugged, in heavy brush and timberland. Access is difficult. Additional resources have been ordered and are responding. An evacuation center is opened at the Highland Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Road, Clearlake. An animal evacuation center is opened at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake. Temperatures are approximately 94 degrees, 14 % humidity and wind is southwest at 11 mph.  
Phone Numbers (707) 967-1456 (Call Center Line)