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Valley Fire In Lake County Explodes to 25,000 Acres; Mandatory Evacuations

Paul Payne / The Press Democrat

The Valley Fire as seen from Middleton on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Paul Payne / The Press Democrat

11:28 p.m. - Cal Fire reports the Valley Fire has spread to at least 25,000 acres in Lake and Napa counties.

There are many reports of homes being burned, and residents trapped inside the fire area.

9:40 p.m. - Cal Fire, South Lake County Fire Protection District along with multiple Local Fire Departments from Lake County are at scene aggressively fighting the Valley Fire.

The fire is at 10,000 acres and is burning in a southeast direction from the Community of Cobb towards the communities of Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake.

There have been an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed. During initial attack, four members of Cal Fire's Copter 104's crew suffered burn injuries and were transported to the UC Davis Medical Center, where they are in stable condidtions with second-degree burns.

Cal Fire has updated the evacuations and road closure reports:

Mandatory evacuations: Bottle Rock Road, High Valley Road, Hwy 175 Cobb, Hwy 29 Tubbs Lane (Calistoga, Napa County) to Hwy 29/Hwy 53 (Lower Lake, Lake County) Butts Canyon Road to Napa County Line, including Berreyssa Estates. Communities of Cobb, Seigler Canyon, Loch Lomond, Middletown and Hidden Valley Lakes

Evacuation Centers:
  • Kelseyville Presbyterian Church and Gard Street Elementary in Kelseyville
  • Calistoga Fair Grounds in Calistoga
Road Closures: Hwy 29 X Bottle Rock, Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 (Kelseyville), Hwy 29 X Red Hills Road and Hwy 29 from Hwy 29/Hwy 53 Lower Lake to Hwy 29

8:30 p.m. - Video from The Valley Fire by The Press Democrat

7:50 p.m. - Evacuaton Center opens
The Lake County Office of Emergency Services says an evacuation center is being set up at the Napa County Fairgrounds @ 1435 N. Oak Street, Calistoga.

7:40 p.m. - The Press Democrat is reporting that at least 50 homes have been burned in the Valley Fire. There are reports of residents trapped in the Hidden Valley area.
Cal Fire says the four injured firefighters all suffered second-degree burns, and are in stable condition at UC Davis Medical Center.

7:20 p.m. - Cal Fire reports the Valley Fire has exploded to 10,000 acres, and has forced mandatory evacuations in Lake County. Four Cal Fire firefighters have been injured and transported to a local burn center. 
Middletown is under mandatory evacuation, with Hwy 29 closed at Lower Lake.
~CapRadio Staff

3:15 p.m. - Cal Fire reports that four firefighters have been transported to a burn unit after being injured on the Valley Fire, which started Saturday afternoon and has grown to 400 acres.
Mandatory evacuations are in place for the Community of Cobb, Harbin Hot Springs and Big Canyon Road.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.