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Wildfire Updates: Clayton Fire Grows, Containment Steady On Soberanes Fire

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An image of the Clayton Fire in Lake County near South Lake. As of Sunday morning, August 14, 2016, the fire had grown to 1,400 acres.

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See here for information from the Lake County Sheriff's Department on Clayton Fire evacuations.

Clayton Fire Update 3:15 p.m.: (AP) A blaze raging through dry vegetation in Northern California has jumped a containment line, setting several houses on fire and prompting firefighters and volunteers to evacuate horses, goats and other animals as homes burn around them.

Fire officials say evacuations were ordered in the Copsey Creek subdivision, north of Morgan Valley Road, Sunday afternoon.

Houses are burning on both sides of Morgan Valley Road and propane tanks are exploding, making a hissing noise and spewing balls of fire.

Firefighters and volunteers are carrying two goats at a time and taking them out of the area where tractors and utility poles are burning and bumpers are melting off cars as heavy smoke darkens the sky.



Clayton Fire Update  2:50 p.m.: (AP) -- Fire officials say more evacuations have been ordered as a blaze continues to race through dry vegetation in a Northern California county hit hard last year by three wildfires.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says more evacuations were ordered Sunday afternoon in the Copsey Creek subdivision, east of Lower Lake.

Berlant says more than 700 firefighters are battling the 2-square-mile wildfire burning east and southeast of Highway 29 in Lake County.

About 3,000 people in Hidden Valley Lake, a subdivision south of the blaze, have been told to say vigilant in case the fire spread farther south.

The blaze, which started Saturday afternoon, is burning in the same area that was hit last year by three wildfires that destroyed more than 1,300 homes and killed four people.

 


 

Original Post: The Clayton Fire that started Saturday in Lake County south of Lower Lake grew quickly overnight, reaching 1,400 acres by Sunday morning. Cal Fire says that the blaze is fast-moving and volatile, burning in grassy oak woodland and heavy brush that is difficult to access in some areas.

The fire is currently 5 percent contained and has destroyed four homes. The Associated Press reports that 1,200 people have been evacuated from 500 homes, and another 3,000 residents' homes are threatened.

See here for information from the Lake County Sheriff's Department on Clayton Fire evacuations.

The cause of the Clayton Fire is under investigation.

The Soberanes Fire in Monterey County has grown to 72,566 acres and is 60 percent contained. The fire continues to burn in rugged, inaccessible terrain.

More than 7,500 firefighters are currently battling 11 large wildfires throughout the state.

Cal Fire's Chief of Public Information Daniel Berlant said in a release that high temperatures and low humidity led to an increase in wildfire risk Saturday, with several large wildfires breaking out. High temperatures are expected to continue Sunday, and thunderstorms forecasted in parts of the upper northern California pose an additional risk.