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Valley Fire Scorches 75,711 Acres, 69 Percent Contained

Cal Fire PIO Berlant / Twitter

Crews from PG&E work to install new utility poles and restore power to those affected by the Valley Fire on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015.

Cal Fire PIO Berlant / Twitter



6:53 p.m. Sunday - Cal Fire says the Valley Fire is now 75,711 acres and is 69 percent contained. 

The blaze is now ranked as the sixth most destructive fire in the state's history, damaging more than 800 structures.

Officials say additional evacuations will be lifted Monday at 5 p.m. for North Loch Lomond, Seigler Springs and Bonanza Springs.
Cal Fire reports containment of the Valley Fire has grown to 53 percent as of Sunday morning. The fire grew slightly overnight to 75,100 acres.

There are still 4,383 personnel working the blaze, which started Sept. 12 in Lake County, and has spread to Napa and Sonoma counties.

10:35 p.m. Saturday - Cal Fire reports containment of the Valley Fire has grown to 50 percent as of late Saturday, with 74,500 acres scorched in the blaze.

The damage assessment continues to report 585 homes and hundreds of other structures destroyed, with 7,253 homes still threatened.

The latest Cal Fire incident report on the fire includes this update on fire-fighting progress:

Crews continue to make good progress on the Valley Fire. Tomorrow, residents in the Communities of Hidden Valley Lake, Jerusalem Grade, Grange Road, and Butts Canyon Road will be allowed to return to their homes at noon. Access to these areas will be available for residents only. Hidden Valley Lake will only be accessible through the Hartmann Road entrance. The cancellation of additional evacuation orders are being evaluated based on a variety of factors including potential fire behavior and re-establishment of critical infrastructure. Damage Inspection Teams continued today gathering damage data in the affected areas. As additional information becomes available, the numbers of damaged or destroyed structures may change.

 

9:20 a.m. - A community meeting for those in the Valley Fire area is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Lower Lake High School. Containment of the fire has grown to 48 percent, with 74,500 acres scorched in the blaze.

Click here for more details on the community meeting.

Firefighters were able to construct additional control lines along the fires perimeter Friday night. Temperatures will continue to rise, causing lower humidity and increased fire activity.

Residents of Twin Lakes and Rancho Sendero were able to return to their homes late Friday. The Mandatory Evacuation Order for Middletown will be lifted at noon Saturday.

The cancellation of additional evacuation orders are being evaluated based on a variety of factors including potential fire behavior and re-establishment of critical infrastructure.

Cal Fire says damage Inspection Teams continue gathering damage data in the affected areas. As additional information becomes available, the numbers of damaged or destroyed structures may change.

Road Closures:

Lake County:
SR 175 at Red Hill Rd
SR 29 at Red Hill Rd
SR 281 (Red Hills Rd) at SR 29
SR 29 at SR 53 (current residents only)
SR 29 at Diener Dr
SR 29 at Siegler Canyon
Sr 29 at Murphy Springs Rd
Bottle Rock Rd at Harrington Flat
SR 175 at Dry Creek
Spruce Grove Rd south at SR 29
Big Canyon Rd and Knowles Ln, Butts Canyon Rd at SR 29
Spruce Grove Rd at Sr 29
Hartmann Rd at SR 29
Grange Rd at SR 29

Napa County:
Aetna Springs Rd at Pope Springs Rd
James Creek Rd at Butts Canyon Rd
Butts Canyon Rd, Snell Valley Rd

Sonoma County:
Ida Clayton Rd at SR 128 (open to Ida Clayton residents only - No access to Cobb or Middletown)
Pine Flat Rd ascending addresses from the 11000 block (open to Pine Flat residents only)