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Thursday, July 30, 2015

CA-LNU Rocky Fire - Major Vegetation Fire Lake County

ROCKY FIRE CA-LNU Rocky Fire - Vegetation Fire - Lake County



.Update 8-10-15 0900: 69636 Acres 85% contained.

Update 8-09-15 0900: 69636 Acres 70% contained.  Damage assessment has been completed., All areas have been repopulated and all evacuations and road closures have been lifted.


Update 8-08-15 0900: 69,636 Acres 62% cont. Fire activity near the perimeter continues to consist of only smoldering and creeping. The evacuation advisory for the City of Clear Lake, East of Hwy 53 is expected to be lifted in the next operational period.

Update 8-07-15 1800: 69,600 Acres 50% contained, The areas that continue to be threatened are Indian Valley Area, the Jerusalem Creek within the fire perimeter, and the City of Clear Lake to the West. The terrain is steep and rugged with limited ground access, fuels are at critical levels, and there is little to no recorded fire history in some portions of the fire. Fire activity near the perimeter continues to consist of only smoldering and creeping. Peak fire conditions continue to reveal deep seated heat which has produced several small flare ups within the interior. An evacuation advisory continues for the City of Clear Lake, East of Hwy 53. In total, all evacuations impact over 11,900 citizens living in over 5070 residences.

Update 8-07-15 0800: 69,600 Acres 45%, impact over 12,000 citizens living in over 5100 residences. The areas that continue to be threatened are Indian Valley Area, the Jerusalem Creek within the fire perimeter, and the City of Clear Lake to the West. The terrain is steep and rugged with limited ground access, fuels are at critical levels, and there is little to no recorded fire history in some portions of the fire. Heavy fuels continue to consume completely, leading to diminished residual heat near established fire lines.

Update 8-06-15 1800: 69,600 acres - 45% cont. evacuations impact over 12,000 citizens living in over 5100 residences.

Update 8-06-15 0800: 69,600 acres - 40% cont. 43 residences, 53 outbuildings destroyed; 8 structures damaged.

Update 8-05-15 1800: 69,600 acres - 30% contained. During this time period, increasing fire activity has been observed due to the return of critical weather parameters and deep seated heat remains near the containment lines. The fire area is experiencing a drying trend increasing the potential for fire activity North of Hwy 20, in the South/East, and Eastern areas of the fire. The areas that continue to be threatened are the community of Spring Valley off of Long Valley Rd, the Indian Valley Area, and the Wilbur Springs Area. Other areas that may be affected are the Jerusalem Creek area to the South, and the City of Clear Lake to the West. The terrain is steep and rugged with limited ground access, fuels are at critical levels, and there is little to no recorded fire history in some portions of the fire. An evacuation advisory continues for the City of Clear Lake, East of Hwy 53. In total, all evacuations impact over 13,118 citizens living in over 5530 residences.

Update 8-05-15 0800: 68,300 Acres - 20% Contained. As a result of the fires activity in and around the Double Eagle housing development, structure damage assessment numbers may rise when assessment teams are able to access other affected areas. During this time period, fire activity has diminished and deep-seated heat remains within the containment lines as cooler temperatures and lighter winds are contributing to decreased fire behavior. Hotter drier conditions are expected to return during the day today increasing the potential for fire activity North of Hwy 20, in the South/East, and Eastern areas of the fire. The areas that continue to be threatened are Community of Spring Valley off of Long Valley Rd, the Indian Valley Area, and the Wilbur Springs Area. Other areas that may be affected are the Jerusalem Creek area to the South, and the City of Clear Lake to the West. The terrain is steep and rugged with limited ground access, fuels are at critical levels, and there is little to no recorded fire history in some portions of the fire. An evacuation advisory continues for the City of Clear Lake, East of Hwy 53. In total, all evacuations impact over 13,118 citizens living in over 5530 residences.  IC requesting 2-Air Attacks, 4-S2 Airtankers, 1-Air Supervision Module(ASM), 2-Very Large Airtanker (VLAT), 3 Type I/II Airtankers, and 1 additional Type I Helicopter above already assigned air resources. 

Update 8-04-15 1800: 67,000 acres - 20% Contained.

Update 8-04-15 0800: 65,000 acres - 12% contained. The fire has crossed Hwy 20 in multiple spots and is expected to have significant activity. Firefighters are working aggressively to build control lines and sustain perimeter control. Residents are urged to stay vigilant and adhere to any changes in evacuations and road closures. The terrain is steep and rugged with limited access. In total, all evacuations impact over 13,118 citizens living in over 5,530 residences. Resources continue to respond from in and out of the state.

Update 8-03-15 1800: Structures Threatened: 6,301.
Structures Destroyed: 24 residences and 26 outbuildings destroyed; 3 structures damaged.

Road Closures: Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road, Highway 20 corridor will be closed from New Long Valley Road to Highway 53, both directions of Ogulin County Road and Highway 16 is closed from Highway 20 to the Yolo County Line.


Update 8-03-15 1500: 62,000 acres - 12% contained. Double Eagle subdivision being threatened. New spot across HW 20 in Branch 2. 50-60 acres and running. IC req. NO Divert AT's. at least one spot over a 100 acres.

CA-LNU Rocky Fire Perimeter and Hotspot map
CA-LNU Rocky Fire Perimeter and Hotspot Map
Update 8-03-15 0800: 60,000 acres, 12% contained. Extreme fire behavior continued well outside normal peak burning periods. Highway 20 and Higway 16 remained closed due to fire activity. Mandatory evacuations and advisory evacuations remain in place.

Update 8-02-15 0800: 46,000 acres, 5% contained. Fire had significant growth north towards Highway 20 and east towards Highway 16. Mandatory evacuations and advisory evacuations remain in place. 24 residences destroyed; 26 out buildings destroyed.

Update 8-01-15 0800: 22,500 acres, 5% contained. Fire remained active throughout the night. An evacuation advisory has been issued for the city of Clear Lake impacting 5,000 residences.

Update 7-31-15 1700: 18,000 acres, 5% contained. East winds led to extreme fire behavior compromising control lines on the west side of the fire.
ROCKY FIRE HOT SPOT AND PERIMETER MAP
ROCKY FIRE HOT SPOT AND PERIMETER MAP
Update 7-31-15 0700: 15,000 acres, 5% contained. Significant fire growth and movement to the northeast, east, and south. Evacuations have been initiated for the Jerusalem Creek area. Steep and rugged terrain with limited ground access. Significant fire activity expected today.
ROCKY FIRE Vegetation Fire - Lake County

ROCKY FIRE Lake County
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Evacuations: Immediate evacuations are in place for the North side of Morgan Valley Road for 5 miles east of Bonham Rd. South of Lower Lake evacuations in place at Spruce Grove Rd. NORTH, Noble Ranch, Jerusalem Grade, and Cantwell Ranch.

Update 7-30-15 1900: 10,200 acres, 5% contained. Evacuations north of Morgan Valley Road remain in place. 

Update 7-30-15 1000: 8,303 acres, 0% contained. Fire is traveling a rapid rate of spread with forward spotting.

Update 7-30-15 0800: 8,000 acres, 0% contained. Fire made significant runs throughout the night. Evacuations in effect for the area o. CALFIRE IMT Team 2 will assume command of the fire at 1800 hours tonight. Two residential structures lost.

Update 7-30-15 0530: 5000 acres per Cal Fire. XLC 1205A (E101, E105, E91, E52, E61) STEN BC2 and XLC1203A (E11, E12, E25, E26, E31) STEN BC1 enroute this morning along with XSF 2251A (San Francisco) Engines 71,72,73,74,75. LAFD sent one strike team (E87, E98, E60, E27, E33, BC10) 


Update 7-29-15 1700: 150 acres, AA requesting three additional AT, Type 1 or 2, and the VLAT. Also IC req additional engines for structure defense.


Location: 9000 blk Rocky Creek Rd, 

IA Acres: 25-30
ROS: Moderate
ROC: AA-140 Overhead 25-30 acres MROS
Structure Threat: YES
Fuel Model: Chaparral (6 feet)
Resources: LNU and local gov.
5 AT at scene, 4 more ordered, VLAT
3 Rotor wing
Ordered
10 ST Golf
5 ST Charlie
5 ST Lima
Radio Frequencies: LNU EAST 151.3400 tone , Air Tac 22 151.2875, CDF Tac


CAL FIRE INCIDENT PAGE 7-30-15 1100: 
Rocky Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated:July 30, 2015 7:00 am  
Date/Time Started:July 29, 2015 4:10 pm  
Administrative Unit:CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit 
County:Lake County  
Location:near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake  
Acres Burned - Containment:8,000 acres  
Structures Destroyed:The fire has destroyed several outbuildings.  
Evacuations:Immediate evacuations are in place for the North side of Morgan Valley Road for 5 miles east of Bonham Rd.
South of Lower Lake evacuations in place at Spruce Grove Rd. NORTH, Noble Ranch, Jerusalem Grade, and Cantwell Ranch.
An evacuation center is opened at the Highland Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Road, Clearlake.
An animal evacuation center is opened at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake.  
Road Closures :Morgan Valley Road at Bonham, Rocky Creek Road, Dam Road, Mustang Court, Quarterhorse Road and Sleepy Hollow  
Cooperating Agencies:CAL FIRE, Kelseyville FPD, South Lake FPD, Northshore FPD, Lake County Sheriff, CHP, Lake Evacuation and Animal Protection (LEAP), Lake County Office of Emergency Services and North Bay Incident Management Team  
Total Fire Personnel:315  
Total Fire Engines:35  
Total Fire crews:8  
Total Airtankers:8  
Total Helicopters:8  
Total Dozers:9  
Total Water Tenders:4  
Long/Lat:-122.4762475/38.8863538  
Conditions:Fire is traveling a rapid rate of spread with forward spotting. The terrain is rugged, in heavy brush and timberland. Access is difficult. Additional resources have been ordered and are responding. An evacuation center is opened at the Highland Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Road, Clearlake. An animal evacuation center is opened at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake. Temperatures are approximately 94 degrees, 14 % humidity and wind is southwest at 11 mph.  
Phone Numbers (707) 967-1456 (Call Center Line) 

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