Evacuations ordered as Clayton fire continues to grow in Lake County

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2016

The Clayton Fire, which started as a 15-acre blaze just before 6 p.m. Saturday evening, is burning near Highway 29 and Clayton Creek.

Residents were ordered to evacuate immediately.

More than 100 firefighters were on the scene within two hours of the first reports of the Clayton Creek fire, Berlant said, with several hundred additional firefighters on the way.

The #ClaytonFire south of Lower Lake in Lake County has grown to 80 acres. Cal Fire has not reported any containment on the Chimney Fire. The fire grew minimally overnight.

Crews are making access to the fire now. It has destroyed 57 homes and another 410 structures are threatened.

The Clayton Creek fire is burning near the site of two devastating wildfires that blackened much of Lake County previous year, Berlant said. They are also calling in strike teams from Fresno County.

In the San Bernardino Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, the Pilot Fire that began August 7 is now 96 percent contained at 8,151 acres.

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