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Winds Cause Rocky Fire To Continue Growth; More Evacuations Ordered

Jeff Chiu / AP

A home burns in the Rocky Fire near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds.

Jeff Chiu / AP


10:52 p.m. - Fire officials have ordered additional mandatory evacuations for Bear Valley Road from Highway 20 to Wilbur Springs Road. Wilbur Springs Road is also under a mandatory evacuation.

The Rocky Fire has burned 27,000 acres, with containment at 5 percent.

Cal Fire says 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.

Advisory: All areas, including east of Highway 29 at Raita Road east of Highway 53 north to Highway 20 including Ogulin Canyon Road, Spruce Grove Road, Noble Ranch Road, Black Bass Pass, Jerusalem Valley area west of Soda Creek, homes along Highway 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. 

-Capital Public Radio Staff


9:20 p.m. Cal Fire says the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake has destroyed 24 homes and 6,156 structures are threatened. The wildfire, in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties, has also destroyed 26 outbuildings and damaged three other structures. The fire has grown to 27,000 acres, with containment at 5 percent.

7:20 p.m. - Cal Fire says the Rocky Fire has now burned 25,750 acres with containment at 5 percent.

5:45 p.m. - Road Closures: Highway 20 is closed from Highway 16 to Highway 53 for all through traffic in both directions due to increased fire activity.

There will be a community meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 2 at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake St., Lower Lake.

1:42 p.m. - More mandatory evacuations were issued Saturday afternoon as firefighters continue to battle the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake.

Cal Fire says the Rocky Fire has grown to 22,500 acres, with containment holding at 5 percent.

Evacuation orders are now in place for the Double Eagle area & all areas east of the Cache Creek Recreation Area along Highway 20 to Walker Ridge Road.

These areas include: 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, Gibson Hill, Stemple Canyon, Harley Gulch, Stemple Canyon, Jack Canyon, Grizzly Canyon and Deadman Canyon.

8:08 a.m. - Cal Fire reports the Rocky Fire has grown to 22,500 acres, with containment still at 5 percent. The fire is moving to the southwest toward Lower Lake and the east side of Clear Lake.

An evacuation advisory has been issued for the City of Clear Lake impacting 5,000 residences. A chance of thunderstorms, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity is expected for today.

Officials say Friday's east winds led to extreme fire behavior, compromising control lines on the west side of the fire.

-Capital Public Radio Staff