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California Burning: Massive Wildfires Threaten Thousands of Structures

Posted by feww on August 2, 2015

27,000-acre blaze destroys dozens of buildings, threatens 5,165 structures, forces mass evacuation

The so-called Rocky Fire wildfire burning north of San Francisco has exploded in size to more than 109 square kilometers, destroying 24 residences and 26 outbuildings, damaging 3 others and threatening 6,156  additional structures, according to Cal Fire.

Up to 15,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders or evacuation advisories.

There are at least 14 major fire currently burning tens of thousands of acres across the drought-plagued Golden State.

Additionally, hundreds of smaller fires,  sparked by thousands of lightning strikes, are scorching the bone-dry landscape, said Cal Fire.

Rocky Fire wildfire details

Last Updated: August 1, 2015 10:20 pm
Date/Time Started: July 29, 2015 3:29 pm

County: Lake, Yolo & Colusa Counties
Location: near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake
Acres Burned – Containment: 27,000 acres – 5% contained
Structures Threatened: 6,156
Structures Destroyed: 24 residences and 26 outbuildings destroyed; 3 structures damaged.

Evacuations: Mandatory: NEW – A Mandatory Evacuation order has been placed for Bear Valley Road from Highway 20 to Wilbur Springs Road. Wilbur Springs Road is also under a mandatory evacuation.

A Mandatory Evacuation order has been placed on the west side of Highway 16 from County Road 40/Rumsey Canyon Road, north to Highway 20. Highway 16 is closed both directions from Road 40/Rumsey Canyon Road, north of Highway 20.

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.

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, homes along Hwy 20 corridor between New Long Valley Road and east of the county line, Spruce Grove Road to intersection of Jerusalem Grade and Lake Ridge.

Evacuation Centers: Middletown High School, Kelseyville High School

Road Closures: Highway 16 is closed from Highway 20 to the Yolo County Line is close in both directions due to increased fire activity. Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road. Highway 20 from Highway 53 east to New Long Valley Road is open to residents with identification only. Highway 20 is closed to all traffic from New Long Valley Road to Highway 16.

An animal evacuation center is opened at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake.

Total Fire Personnel: 1,940
Total Fire Engines: 180
Total Fire crews: 37
Total Airtankers: 4
Total Helicopters: 19
Total Dozers: 56
Total Water Tenders: 37
Long/Lat: -122.4762475/38.8863538
Conditions: The fire is expected to have significant activity and growth. Current strategic constraints include lack of access to areas of the fire, very hot and dry weather, critical fuels and changing winds. And additional Mandatory Evacuations have been issued for the Double Eagle area. In total, all evacuations impact over 12,100 citizens living in over 5156 residences.

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Wildfires Threaten Thousands of Structures in U.S. West

Posted by feww on July 29, 2015

Lowell Fire threatens 1,800 structures in California: CalFire

States currently reporting large fires: Alaska (4), California (5), Montana (4), Oregon (2), Washington (2), Wyoming (1)
July 28, 2015: Four new large fires were reported yesterday.
[National Fire Information Center]

Alaska Fires: 4 ( Acres: 680,422;  New: 1;  Contained: 0)
California Fires: 5  (Acres: 10,179 New: 0 Contained: 0)
Oregon Fires: 2  (Acres: 1,693 New: 0 Contained: 0)
Washington Fires: 2 (Acres: 6,179 New: 0 Contained: 0)
Wyoming Fires: 1  (Acres: 2,366 New: 1 Contained: 0)

Lowell Fire burning in Nevada & Placer Counties, California
Evacuations: Evacuation warning areas are in effect for Red Dog Rd East of Greenhorn Creek, You Bet Road East of Greenhorn Creek, Chalk Bluff from Brady Road to Buckeye Road, Buckeye Road to Lower Greenhorn Road, Lower Greenhorn Road from Buckeye Road to Banner Quaker Hill Road, Cascade Shores Community, Lower Hill Road from Preston Road to Negro Hill. The public is asked to stay vigilant to any changes of evacuation areas.
Total Fire Personnel: 2,449
Injuries: 4

Willow Fire
Evacuations: The Central Camp area was evacuated due to the fire.
Closures: Gagges, Whiskers, and Whiskey Falls campgrounds are closed. All roads from 227 to these campgrounds are closed.
Size: 1,739 Acres
Total Personnel: 1,487
Weather Concerns; Beginning today, the high pressure ridge will bring much warmer temperatures to the fire area. Localized down canyon winds in the Willow Creek Drainage may push the fire at night.

Wragg Fire

Acres Burned – Containment: 6,991 acres – 80% contained
Structures Threatened: 136
Structures Destroyed: 2 outbuildings destroyed – 3 outbuildings and 1 residence damaged

Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations have been ordered for Mix Canyon, Sky Ranch Road, Wild Horse Canyon Rd., and Blue Ridge Road. (Approximately 136 homes /200 residents)

An evacuation advisory has been issued for Gates Canyon Road and the area west of Pleasants Valley Road.

Total Fire Personnel: 1,158
Conditions: The fire intensity increased on the south side of the Wragg Fire increasing the acres burned by approximately 400 acres.

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