Sunday, August 2, 2015

"Out of the oven but still in the Kitchen" - Aug 2 Rockey Fire update

My daughter says "Out of the oven but still in the Kitchen"

Here are the latest from The Lake County News, the CAL FIRE websites. 

My daughter is still in the advisory to evac area and has her car and bags packed, ready to go should the mandatory evac call come through.  It is a very disturbing situation to be in. Prayers for all involved and blessings to the firefighters and all who are fighting this fire. 

Rocky fire balloons to 46,000 acres; highways remain closed

The Rocky fire is burning in Lake, Colusa and Yolo counties in Northern California. Its jump to 46,000 acres on Sunday, August 2, 2015, makes it the largest wildland fire burning in the state of California. The red edges signify uncontrolled fire edge. The bright red shaded area signifies intense heat. Map courtesy of Cal Fire.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Overnight, the Rocky Fire jumped dramatically in size, nearly doubling and causing portions of two area highways to remain closed.

Early Sunday morning Cal Fire reported that the fire had dramatically progressed, ballooning to 46,000 acres, with containment remaining at 5 percent.

The development makes the Rocky fire among the largest wildland fires in Lake County's history, and the largest wildfire currently burning in California.

In making its huge overnight jump in acreage, the fire primarily burned to the north and the northeast, said Cal Fire spokesman Dominic Polito.

On Saturday, due to the fire's approach, officials shut down a 20-mile stretch of Highway 20 from the junction with Highway 53 east of Clearlake Oaks to the junction with Interstate 5 in Williams.

Highway 20 remains closed, said Polito, with no estimated time given for its reopening.

The fire, he said, did not jump the highway, with firefighters stopping it moving past the roadway.

It also has not jumped Highway 16, a portion of which also was closed on Saturday after the fire entered Colusa and Yolo counties, Cal Fire said. Evacuations were implemented on Saturday evening in the fire area in those counties.

Cal Fire said the fire is threatening approximately 6,301 residences, a number that increased since late Saturday. It has destroyed 50 structures – 24 homes and 26 outbuildings – and damaged three others.

The evacuations currently cover 5,201 residences and 12,190 people, according to Cal Fire. Due to those structures threats, all mandatory evacuation orders remain in place.

The fire over the last day has not made much of a move to the west, which is toward the city of Clearlake, said Polito.

An advisory order for areas of Clearlake east of Highway 53 from Riata Road to Highway 20 remains in effect, Cal Fire said.

Polito said more resources are heading to Lake County as the work on the 8,051-acre Wragg fire in Napa and Solano counties continues to wrap up.

Currently assigned to the Rocky fire are 1,942 personnel, 180 engines, 56 dozers, 37 water tenders, 37 hand crews, 19 helicopters and four air tankers, Cal Fire said.

Cal Fire estimated that the fire will be fully contained on Aug. 10.

Despite the large number of community members displaced by the fire, the county of Lake reported that the two evacuation centers that are open – at Kelseyville and Middletown high schools – have received only a few evacuees

On Friday night the shelter at Middletown High School had nine overnight occupants and the Kelseyville High School shelter had one. The Red Cross is coordinating other services to help residents with basic needs and insurance.

An animal evacuation center remains in place in the Lake County Department of Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake.

The county reported that more than 30 people are working at the Lake County Emergency Operations Center in Lakeport coordinating and supporting efforts to respond to the fire.

Lake County officials extended appreciation to those responding to requests for mutual aid from other jurisdictions, including firefighters, law enforcement personnel, emergency managers, logistics experts and members of the California National Guard.

“In our time of need, we’ve received a wealth of help from agencies all over the state, and we’re incredibly grateful,” Lake County Administrative Officer Matt Perry said. “It takes incredible teamwork to tackle an emergency like this and protect our residents and their property. We’re doing our best to get help to people who need it most. We can’t thank the firefighters enough.”

A community meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake St.

Fire and other public officials plan to provide the latest information about the Rocky Fire.

In other fire-related news, the Lake County Quality Management District reported that the air quality condition forecast for mid-day Sunday to afternoon is for moderate to unhealthy air quality where smoke is present, with ash fall throughout the county possible once again.

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Rocky Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated:August 2, 2015 9:00 am  
Date/Time Started:July 29, 2015 3:29 pm  
Administrative Unit:CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit 
County:Lake, Yolo & Colusa Counties  
Location:near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake  
Acres Burned - Containment:47,000 acres - 5% contained  
Structures Threatened:6,301  
Structures Destroyed:24 residences and 26 outbuildings destroyed; 3 structures damaged.  
Evacuations:Mandatory: 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.
Advisory: All areas including east of Hwy 29 @ Raita Road east of Hwy 53 north to Hwy 20 including Ogulin Canyon Road, City of Clear Lake, Spruce Grove Road, Noble Ranch Road, Black Bass Pass, Jerusalem Valley area west of Soda Creek, Double Eagle Ranch, Homes along Hwy 20 corridor between New Long Valley Road and east of the county line, Spruce Grove Road to intersection of Jerusalem Grade, Lake Ridge
Evacuation Centers: Middletown High School, Kelseyville High School
Road Closures: Highway 20 is closed from Highway 16 to Highway 53 for all through traffic in both directions due to increased fire activity. Highway 16 is closed from Highway 20 to the Yolo County Line in both directions due to increased fire activity. Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road.
An animal evacuation center is opened at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake.  
Cause:Under Investigation 
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:1,942  
Total Fire Engines:180  
Total Fire crews:37  
Total Airtankers:4  
Total Helicopters:19  
Total Dozers:56  
Total Water Tenders:37  
Conditions:There will be a community meeting today, Sunday August 2, 2015 at 3:00 PM. The location will be at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street Lower Lake, California.
The fire activity dramatically progressed yesterday afternoon. The fire did not cross Highway 20 or Highway 16. Road closures of Highway 20 from Highway 16 to Highway 53 are impacting local communities. An Evacuation Advisory has been issued for the Double Eagle area and east of Highway 53 in Clear Lake. In total, all evacuations impact over 12,190 citizens living in over 5,201 residences. Firefighters continue to construct fire line in an effort to achieve full perimeter control. Damage assessment teams have begun initial assessments based on access through fire affected areas. Resources continue to respond from around the state.  
Phone Numbers (707) 967-4207 (Rock Fire Information Center)