State of Emergency Declared in California due to Raging Wildfires
Posted by feww on August 1, 2015
Wildfires from Hell: Gov. Brown Declares yet another State of Emergency in the Golden Brown State
Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency in California as 20 wildfires torch forests across the state killing a fire crew.
“California’s severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox,” said Brown.
High winds, low relative humidity and triple-digit temperatures forced by a heatwave have plagued much of the drought-stricken region.
Location: near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake
Acres Burned – Containment: 18,000 acres – 5% contained
Structures Destroyed: 3 Structures destroyed, Multiple outbuildings destroyed/damaged.
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.
Advisory: All areas including east of Hwy 29 @ Raita Road east of Hwy 53 north to Hwy 20 including Ogulin Canyon Road, 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
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.
Total Fire Personnel: 1,300
Total Fire Engines: 131
Total Fire crews: 21
Total Airtankers: 4
Total Helicopters: 19
Total Dozers: 40
Total Water Tenders: 35
Conditions: Fire has progressed and is currently moving southwest towards Lower Lake and the eastside of Clearlake. A chance of thunderstorms, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity is expected for Saturday. The terrain is steep and rugged with limited ground access, fuels are at critical levels, and the area has limited fire history. Firefighters will continue to construct fire line, provide structure protection and assist in the restoration of services to facilitate re-population efforts. [CalFire]
- Rail Fire
- Barker Fire
- Frog Fire burning in Modoc National Forest
- Fork Complex burning in Shasta-Trinity National Forest
- Big Creek Fire
- Willow Fire US Forest Service / CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit
- Humboldt Lightning Fires
- Wragg Fire
- Lowell Fire
- Cabin Fire burning in Sequoia National Forest
Large wildfires are currently burning across the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
National Preparedness Level 3
Due to an increase in large fire activity in California and southern Oregon, the National Multi-Agency Coordination Group has increased the National Preparedness Level to PL3 as of 12 p.m. MDT on July 31, 2015.