Cal Fire: More Than 100 Homes Destroyed in Clayton Fire

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LAKE COUNTY -- "Not again" is the thought on the minds of many Lake County residents. It doesn't matter how many times they've been through it, fires in Lake County will never be easy to deal with.

"I don't think any of us would've thought we'd be back here tonight," said Senator Mike McGuire.

The Clayton Fire exploded Sunday swallowing thousands acres in Lake County. The fire ripped through Lower Lake's Main Street. What was once a historic downtown is now in ashes.

By mid-day Monday, the fire had grown to 4,000 acres.

Cal Fire reports 175 structures, including about a hundred homes and businesses, were destroyed.

"We lost three vehicles and our shed and carport. We're trying to save our home," said evacuee Kari Diener.

More than a thousand firefighters from multiple agencies put up a strong fight. From the streets to the air, their goal was to control the flames, but they can't save everything. Multiple business and houses burned to the ground.

Lake County officials ordered mental health professionals to help people cope with the devastation. This fire is one that will stick with many here for years to come, but some are trying to remain positive.

"We are going to recover and Lake County is going to come back strong," said McGuire.

Evacuation orders are in effect. Several people who refused to leave had to be rescued Sunday.

A town hall meeting will be held Monday evening. The location and time are to be determined.

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