Rocky Fire Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

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LAKE COUNTY --

The Rocky Fire burning in Lake County continues to grow and has now scorched 54,000 acres, destroying 50 structures, including 24 homes.

For a time, the flames appeared to be making their way to Rick Sanders home along Highway 20.

"It's all a matter of the wind, it could be here in a matter of hours, it could be here in a mater of days, you know," Sanders told FOX40.

So Sanders did what he could to prepare for the worst, using a weed whacker and his neighbors water truck.

"Everything is mowed, and everything is wet, got everything cleared away from the house, as far as vehicles, so they have good access to get in here, hopefully they can defend my house," Sanders said.

Eventually Sanders evacuated, leaving his home's fate in the hands of the almost 2,000 fire crews working the lines.

"There comes a point where, yeah, you got to let these guys do their job, that's what they're trained to do, they'll be here defending my house and be able to do a better job than I can," Sanders said.

So far along those fire lines, there have been many back burns that have slowed the fire's progress toward new fuels.

And air tankers continue to make retardant drops along the western edge of the fire, hoping to keep the flames from reaching clear lake neighbors.

At a community meeting at Lower Lake High School in Clearlake, residents were horrified by updates that the fire doubled in size over night.

"It's scary because there doesn't really seem to be a lot of progress," Cathy Blare, who lives in Clear Lake, told FOX40.

But Sanders said his home isn't everything, and he's just glad his family will be safe.

"I got three kids, they're all safe, in other towns. And you look around you think, 'well what is there to save, what's valuable, you know, paper work?' It comes right down to it, it all could be replaced," Sanders said.

Cal Fire says the Rocky Fire is just 5 percent contained.