Clayton Fire: 80% Contained, Residents Return

by AVA News Service, August 17, 2016

SATURDAY MORNING (6am)

  • 3,929 acres burned
  • 80% contained
  • 299 structures destroyed
  • 28 structures damaged

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Control lines continue to be strengthened and improved. Firefighters are concentrating on fire suppression repair and are assisting returning homeowners. Damage Inspection Teams continue to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 299 structures; including 189 single-family homes, 8 commercial structures, and 102 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. As surveys are completed and additional data is confirmed, the number of structures damaged or destroyed may change.

CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 3 will transition command of the Clayton Fire to the CAL FIRE/Sonoma Lake Napa Unit on August 21, 2016. Beginning on August 20, 2016 ay 6:00 PM, the St. Helena Call Center will become the primary source for further fire information. They can be reached at (707) 967-4207.

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FRIDAY MORNING (6am)

  • 65% contained
  • 300 structures destroyed

Firefighters continue to improve and hold existing lines while mopping up hot spots across the fire area. Fire suppression repair has begun in an effort to minimize the effects of the fires damage. Damage Inspection Teams continue to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 300 structures; including 190 single-family homes, 8 commercial structures, and 102 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. As surveys are completed and additional data is confirmed, the number of structures damaged or destroyed may rise. For more information visit www.fire.ca.gov and www.readyforwildfire.org

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THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE (6am)

  • 55% contained

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Overnight firefighters continued to mop up and secure more of the fire's perimeter. Damage Inspection Teams continue to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 268 structures; including 200 single-family homes, 21 mixed use residential structures, 13 commercial structures, 10 multi-family dwellings, and 72 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. As surveys are completed and additional data is confirmed, the number of structures damaged or destroyed may rise.

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WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE (6pm)

  • 50% contained
  • 268 structures destroyed

Today firefighters continued to mop up and secure more of the fire's perimeter. Damage Inspection Teams continue to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 268 structures; including 175 single-family homes, 8 commercial structures, and 85 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. As surveys are completed and additional data is confirmed, the number of structures damaged or destroyed may rise. The Evacuation Order for the area accessed by Spruce Grove Road was lifted today at 4:00 PM.

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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE (4pm)

Fire Evacuation Order To Be Lifted For Portion Of Lower Lake

The following Evacuation Areas will be opened to all traffic on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 4:00 P.M:

Areas accessed from Spruce Grove Road, east of Hwy 29 including all of Clayton Creek Road.

Road closures that remain in effect:

Main Street, east of the Hwy 53 and Hwy 29 junction. Lake Street, south of Dam Road.

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WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE (6am)

  • 3,929 acres burned
  • 40% contained

Firefighters made good progress last night and were able to construct additional control lines. Today Damage Inspection Teams will continue to gather damage data in the affected areas. The inspection process is meticulous and ongoing. As additional information becomes available, the numbers of damaged or destroyed structures may change.

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TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE (7 pm)

  • 4,000 acres burned
  • 35% contained
  • 380 structures threatened
  • 175 structures destroyed

Suppression crews made good progress today and were able to construct additional control lines. Damage Inspection Teams continue to gather damage data in the affected areas. The inspection process is meticulous and ongoing. As additional information becomes available, the numbers of damaged or destroyed structures may change. Today at 3PM, the mandatory evacuation order was lifted for the neighborhoods east of State Highway 53 from Polk Avenue, south to Cache Creek. This included the area of Clearlake referred to as “The Avenues”. 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.

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TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE (6:30 am)

  • 4,000 acres
  • 20% contained
  • cause: arson

FIREFIGHTERS MADE CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS over night constructing control lines and mopping up hot spots. Expected changes in wind speed and direction continue to challenge control efforts. CAL FIRE Damage Inspection Teams continue to conduct surveys of the fire area in an attempt to determine how many structures may have been damaged or destroyed.

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INVESTIGATORS ARREST SUSPECTED ARSONIST RELATED TO THE CLAYTON FIRE

Pashilk

Pashilk

Lower Lake – CAL FIRE law enforcement officers, in cooperation with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County District Attorney’s office, arrested a Clearlake man on suspicion of 17 counts of arson in connection with numerous fires in Lake County over the past year. Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, was booked into the Lake County Jail for arson on Monday, August 15, 2016. While suspected of arson in many fires in Lake County, Pashilk is also implicated in the Clayton Fire, which has burned over 4,000 acres and destroyed more than 175 structures. The arson charges Pashilk faces in the Clayton Fire will also carry enhancements due to the destruction of homes and businesses. State and Local law enforcement officers work diligently in arson cases to aggressively investigate and prosecute those suspected of intentionally starting fires.

“The residents of Lake County have experienced senseless loss and endured significant hardship over the past year,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “Mr. Pashilk committed a horrific crime and we will seek prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. My thoughts continue to be with the people of Lake County during this difficult time."

As fire danger remains extreme across California, arson is a major threat to life, property and natural resources. Residents should be vigilant in their preparedness and aware of suspicious persons when a fire does start. If you witness someone suspicious make note of the time, his or her physical description, as well as any vehicle description, including the license plate number. Always contact law enforcement, never approach a suspicious person. Anyone with information about arson is urged to contact the CAL FIRE Arson Hotline at 1­800­468­4408. Callers can remain anonymous.

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COMMUNITY MEETINGS - August 15

6 PM - Kelseyville High School Football Field, 5480 Main Street, Kelseyville, CA

7:30 PM - Twin Pine Casinos, South of Middletown, Middletown, CA

The goal of the community meetings is to inform the public of the current fire situation and to discuss the impact of the Clayton Fire on the community.

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CALFIRE MONDAY UPDATE (1:15pm)

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  • 4,000 acres
  • 5% contained
  • 175+ structures destroyed
  • 1,500 structures threatened

EVACUATIONS: Clayton Creek Rd., all of Morgan Valley Rd., North Spruce Grove Road to Jerusalem Grade Rd., Hwy 53 at the Hwy 29 junction north to Hwy 20

ADVISORY EVACUATIONS: Jerusalem Grade Road

EVACUATION CENTERS:

  • Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3500 Hill Rd. E., Lakeport, CA 95453
  • Kelseyville High School, 5480 Main Street, Kelseyville, CA 95451
  • Twin Pines Casino, 22223 Hwy 29, Middletown, CA 95461

ROAD CLOSURES: Clayton Creek Rd. at Hwy 29, all of Morgan Valley Road to the Napa County line, North Spruce Grove Road and junction of Spruce Grove Rd and Jerusalem Grade South Spruce Grove Road off Hwy 29. Hwy 53 is closed at the Hwy 29 / Hwy 53 junction at Lower Lake to Olympic.

THE FIRE continued to burning aggressively through the night. The communities impacted were Lower Lake and Clearlake. Additional resources arrived throughout the night. The fire behavior remains intense. Structures are threatened and currently mandatory evacuations are in place. Structure defense continues. Terrain is grassy oak woodland, heavy brush with difficult access.

The Damage Assessment Team has arrived and will begin the process of documenting destroyed and damaged structures. The data from the Damage Assessment Team will be provided to the Lake County Assessor’s Office once completed.

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LOWER LAKE 6PM SUNDAY. PEOPLE RUNNING ON FOOT FROM FLAMES.

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CLAYTON FIRE EVACUEES HEAD TO CLEAR LAKE

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/5970572-181/shelters-in-clearlake-middletown-kelseyville

LOWER LAKE IS BURNING:

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/5969447-181/lower-lake-burning-clayton-fire

CLEARLAKE IS THREATENED TOO as 10-13 mph fire-fueled winds pushed flames northwest on Sunday afternoon into Lower Lake and north in the direction of Clearlake.

SOME EVACUEES have been forced to flee on foot.

THE FIRE was estimated at over 2,000 acres by 6pm Sunday, spreading fast in dry, windy conditions and only 5% contained.

2 Responses to Clayton Fire: 80% Contained, Residents Return

  1. BB Grace Reply

    August 16, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I just completed a survey that inspired me with another crazy idea for democracy in a one party state.

    The survey was one of those with Strongly Agree; Agree; No Opinion; Disagree; Strongly disagree options.

    The idea is that this becomes a ballot and campaign platform everyone uses.

    Candidates fill out the survey which becomes their platform. Voters go to the polls and fill out the same survey and that becomes their vote, so votes are matched to the candidates survey and that’s how someone or an issue is elected. This incorporates the voting by scale idea, first and second favorite candidate voting idea too (Think that’s an idea Green Party pushes for).

    My heart and prayers are with Lake County!

    • LouisBedrock Reply

      August 16, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Strongly in favor of fire__

      In favor of fire__

      No opinion__

      Against fire__

      Strongly against fire__

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