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Rocky Fire Scorches 54,000 Acres

Jeff Chiu / AP

Burned signs are shown on a road in the Rocky Fire burn area 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


8:11 p.m. - The Rocky Fire east of Lower Lake rages on. The blaze has blackened 54,000 acres and is holding steady at 5 percent.

More mandatory evacuations have been issued for Ogulin Canyon Road. Mandatory evacuations are also in effect for Spring Valley residents and Highway 20 is closed from New Long Valley Road to Highway 53.

Mandatory Evacuation include: Paradise Canyon, New Long Valley Road, Old Long Valley Road, Salt Canyon, Indian Hill Road, Flaming Hills Lane, Benmore Canyon, Red Rock Road, Red Rock Court, Round Mountain Road, North West of Highway 22, Fern Way, Juniper Way, Holly Way, Golden Red Way, Shasta Road, Cougar Road, Jeep Trail, Smith Lane, Pueblo Trail, Quail Trail, Ogulin Canyon Road, Meadow Creek Road, Cache Creek Road, Wolf Creek Road, Spring Valley Road, Riverview Road, Rocky Ridge, Chalk Mountain Road, Lakeview Campground, Cache Creek Winery, Noggle Winery, Elm Way, Dogwood, Cedar, Blue Berry, Acacia Way, Acacia Street, Doe Trail, Madrone Way, Peach Way, Quince Way, Redwood Way, Sequoia Way, Tamarack Way, Weeping Willow Way, Yucca Way, Coyote Way, Elk Way and Fox Way. An Advisory Evacuation is in effect from Highway 53 west to Sulphur Bank Road along Highway 20.


9:15 a.m. - Cal Fire has revised the acreage burned to 47,000; containment still at 5 percent.


8:45 a.m. - Fire officials say the Rocky Fire has grown to 46,000 acres, with containment holding at 5 percent. The fire has burned 24 homes and 26 outbuildings, with more than 6,000 structures still threatened.

Fire activity dramatically progressed Saturday 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.

Cal Fire says 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. 

-Capital Public Radio Staff