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Monday, September 14, 2015

VALLEY FIRE CA-LNU Valley Fire Lake County / Northwest of Middletown, Cobb Mountain

VALLEY FIRE CA-LNU Valley Fire Lake County Wildland Fire/ northwest of Middletown, Cobb Mountain

ValleyFire, Middletown California
shortly before descent into California Credit: Michael Milirud
 Updates:

09/18/2015 0745: 73,700 acres, 40% contained. All but 1% of the 3,493 acre Boggs Demonstration State Forest was significantly damaged by the fire. Approximately 45 million board feet of timber was killed or damaged. 
SAFETY: Firefighter safety is a concern due to fatigue and rugged terrain. Driving hazards include downed power lines, narrow, unmarked, slick roads and increased civilian traffic. Hazards within the fire area include snags, hazard trees, poison oak, uneven and slippery ground from recent precipitation. Hazards adjacent to burned and damaged structures include exposure to toxic chemicals, contaminated materials, flammable gasses, and electrical. Hazards adjacent to the Geysers Geothermal Fields area include mine shafts, hydrogen sulfide and natural steam vents.

09/17/2015 0745: 73,700 acres, 35% contained. The Damage Inspection Teams are continuing to provide updated numbers regarding damaged and destroyed structures within the fire area. It is anticipated that these numbers will change as more information is gathered. A major portion (75%) of the 3,493 acre Boggs Demonstration State Forest was significantly damaged by the fire.

09/16/2015 0745: 70,000 acres - 30% contained.
Structures Threatened: 9000
Structures Destroyed: 585 homes destroyed and hundreds of other structures are know to be destroyed as well


09/15/2015 1745 67,200 acres, 30% contained. Threatened (up to 72 hrs) Single Residences 7,650, Destroyed 585, The Damage Inspection Teams will be continuing their efforts today to provide updated numbers regarding damaged and destroyed structures within the fire area. It is expected that these numbers will change as more information is gathered.
 Lake County Road Closures: (open to Riviera and Riviera West residents only) -SR-29 at Live Oak -SR-29 at Main St. (Kelseyville) -SR-29 at SR-175 -SR-29 at SR-281 -SR-29 at SR-53 -Bottle Rock Rd. at Harrington Flat Rd. -SR-175 at Dry Creek cut-off (No non-emergency access) Napa County Road Closures: -Butts Canyon at Aetna Springs Rd. -SR-29 at Tubbs Ln. Sonoma County Road Closures: (open to residents only) -Ida Clayton Rd. at SR-128 -Geysers Rd. at Red Winery -Pine Flat Rd. at Red Winery -Geysers Rd at River Rd. 
EVACUATIONS: Lake County Mandatory Evacuation Order: -Butts Canyon Road to Napa County Line, including Berryessa Estates - Cobb - Seigler Canyon -Loch Lomond -Middletown -Point Lakeview to Soda Bay (SR-281) -Hidden Valley Lake -All residences on Bottle Rock Road, from Harrington Flat Road -All residences on SR-175, Cobb -All residences on SR-29 at SR-53 South to SR-29 at Tubbs Lane Napa County Mandatory Evacuation Order: -Berryessa Estates -Aetna Springs R/d west of Butts Canyon Rd. Evacuation Warning -Pope Valley north of Ink Grade Rd. 

09/15/2015 0745 67,000 acres, 15% contained.
Current Incident Threat Summary and Risk Information in 12-, 24-, 48-, and 72-hour timeframes: 12 hours: Threats to the communities of Middletown, Hidden Valley Lake, Cobb Mtn, Berryessa Estates, Twin Lakes, The Geysers. In addition, the communication tower atop Mt. St. Helena is threatened. Threats to domestic water supplies and hard infrastructure. Threats to natural resources and prehistoric and historic archeological sites. Prolonged drought conditions exist in the vegetation making fire control difficult. With current resources, efforts are being focused on structure defense and then perimeter control. Local economy has come to complete stop as the community is evacuated. 24 hours: Threats continue to the communities of Middletown, Hidden Valley Lake, Cobb Mtn, Berryessa Estates, Twin Lakes, The Geysers. In addition, the communication tower atop Mt. St. Helena is threatened. Threats to domestic water supplies and hard infrastructure. Threats to natural resources and prehistoric and historic archeological sites. Prolonged drought conditions exist in the vegetation making fire control difficult. With current resources, efforts are being focused on structure defense and then perimeter control. Local economy has come to complete stop as the community is evacuated. 48 hours: Threats continue to the communities of Middletown, Hidden Valley Lake, Cobb Mtn, Berryessa Estates, Twin Lakes, The Geysers, Aetna Springs. In addition, the communication tower atop Mt. St. Helena is threatened. Threats to domestic water supplies and hard infrastructure. Threats to natural resources and prehistoric and historic archeological sites. Prolonged drought conditions exist in the vegetation making fire control difficult. With current resources, efforts are being focused on structure defense and then perimeter control. Local economy has come to complete stop as the community is evacuated. 72 hours: Threats continue to the communities of Middletown, Hidden Valley Lake, Cobb Mtn, Berryessa Estates, Twin Lakes, The Geysers, Aetna Springs. In addition, the communication tower atop Mt. St. Helena is threatened. Threats to domestic water supplies and hard infrastructure. Threats to natural resources and prehistoric and historic archeological sites. Prolonged drought conditions exist in the vegetation making fire control difficult. With current resources, efforts are being focused on structure defense and then perimeter control. Local economy has come to complete stop as the community is evacuated. Anticipated after 72 hours: Threats continue to the communities of Middletown, Hidden Valley Lake, Cobb Mtn, Berryessa Estates, Twin Lakes, The Geysers. In addition, the communication tower atop Mt. St. Helena is threatened. Threats to domestic water supplies and hard infrastructure. Threats to natural resources and prehistoric and historic archeological sites. Prolonged drought conditions exist in the vegetation making fire control difficult. With current resources, efforts are being focused on structure defense and then perimeter control. Local economy has come to complete stop as the community is evacuated. 
09/14/2015 1700: PM 209: 62,000 acres, 10% Containment,  585 homes Destroyed, 1795 Personnel Assigned.
Weather Forecast
Tonight:
Rain Sprinkles early then Partly Cloudy
Temp: 45-50 degrees F
RH: 80-90%
Wind: Slope/Valley becoming downslope 4-8 mph; Ridgetops SW 6-12 mph.
Tuesday:
Mostly Sunny becoming Partly Cloudy
Temp: 70-75 degrees F
RH: 40-45%
Wind: Slope/Valley West 4-8 mph; Ridgetop West 6-12 mph¿Switching NW after 1800.


09/14/2015 0700: 61,000 acres, 5% contained. [62.5 square miles]
Buildings Destroyed - 412
People Evacuated - 19,307
Barbara McWilliams died in her home.
From The Editors Mother: Hoberg's, where I met Bob[Editors father] in 1948 is gone. Only chimneys survived. The church at Loch Lomond is gone and I heard that Loch Lomond is gone too. I hear that my old house on Mapes Pass is gone. Margie Burnham McAuley's home in Gordon Springs survived and Gordon Springs adjoins Pine Grove. I don't know how much of Pine Grove is left. I heard that Hardester's grocery store and the small shopping center in Cobb were saved. Eyewitnesses say it is just devastating to see the damage. And, I think there are still some people missing. I hope the folks up in my old neighborhood got out.

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The Alameda Fire Department helps battle the Valley Fire. ALAMEDA FIRE DEPT.
The Alameda Fire Department helps battle the Valley Fire. ALAMEDA FIRE DEPT.
EVACUATION ADVISORY Napa County -North Angwin 
EVACUATION WARNING Sonoma County -Pine Flat Road -Geyers Road (Cloverdale & Healdsburg)

ROAD CLOSURES - Hwy 29 & Bottlerock Road - Hwy 29 & 175 (Middletown & Kelseyville) - Hwy 29 & Tubbs Lane EVACUATIONS Lake County Hwy 29 at Hwy 53 South to Hwy 29 Tubbs Lane, Hwy 175 - Cobb, Twin Lakes, Hidden Valley Lake, Middletown, Butts Canyon Road to Pope Valley, Berryessa Estates, Pope Valley, Aetna Springs, Redhill Road - Seigler Canyon Road, Loch Lommond - Wild Cat Road, Diener Road - Antler Hill Road, Harrington Flat Road - Helen Road, Point Lakeview to Hwy 281, Riviera, Riviera West, Bottle Rock Road, High Valley Road Napa County Summit Lake Drive, Livermore Road, Berryessa Estates, Pope Valley, Aetna Springs

The 78-square-mile fire erupted Saturday afternoon and rapidly chewed through brush and trees parched from four years of drought.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection confirmed Sunday one fatality, In addition 400+ homes destroyed, officials also counted two apartment complexes and 10 businesses destroyed by the flames, department spokeswoman Lynn Valentine said.

Four firefighters who are members of a helicopter crew suffered second-degree burns during the initial attack on the fire. They remained hospitalized in stable condition.


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VALLEY FIRE PERIMETER MAP
VALLEY FIRE PERIMETER MAP
UPDATES: 
09/14/2015 1700: 62,000 acres, 10% contained.



09/14/2015 0700: 61,000 acres, 5% contained. Barbara McWilliams died in her home.

09/13/2015 1915: 50,000 acres, 0% contained.

09/13/2015 0700: 40,000 acres, 0% contained. Fire is still exhibiting extreme fire behavior. Communities that remain threatened are Middletown, Cobb and Hidden Valley.

09/12/2015 1905: 10,000 acres, 0% contained. Extreme fire behavior. Communities of Cob and Middletown threatened with evacuations in progress. CAL FIRE Team 3 is being mobilized to this incident.

09/12/2015: 250 acres, 0% contained. Fire is burning in grass and brush, northwest of Middletown with a moderate rate of spread. Structures are threatened.

09/12/2015: 200 acres, 0% contained running fire with long range spotting. Community of Cobb threatened, with evacuations in progress.

09/12/2015 1430: 50 acres burning in brush and timber with dangerous rate of spread. 0% contained. Fire is located northwest of Middletown. Structures are threatened.


Video: 
A driver recorded harrowing video of his escape from the Valley Fire as it burned in Lake County's Anderson Springs on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. 



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