Some Clayton Fire Evacuation Orders Lifted

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LAKE COUNTY -- A limited number of Clayton Fire evacuees were allowed to return to their properties Tuesday.

According to a Tuesday afternoon advisory from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, “Today at 3 p.m. 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.”

A few evacuees who lost their homes were allowed to see the damage and look for their pets Tuesday where authorities deemed it safe to do so in downtown Lower Lake. But most of the fire-damaged area was still closed to the public due to safety hazards, fire suppression, tree removal, PG&E work and other repairs going on in the area.