Rocky Fire Grows to 22,500 Acres Overnight

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LAKE COUNTY--

More evacuations have been announced Saturday after the Rocky Fire in Lake County scorched 22,500 acres and is only 5% contained.

The fire is moving towards Highway 20 and as a result mandatory evacuations are ordered for the Double Eagle housing development and all areas east of the Cache Creek recreation area along the Highway 20 corridor to Walker Ridge Road.

This is just one of many evacuation orders. The entire city of Clear Lake has been put under an advisory notice which means residents there could be next to have to pack up and leave.

A mandatory evacuation order for the Jerusalem Valley area has been issued by The Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

A mandatory evacuation has also been placed for the Double Eagle housing development and all areas east of the Cache Creek recreation area along the Highway 20 corridor to Walker Ridge Road.

6,100 structures are threatened by this raging fire, 14 houses and 16 outbuildings have already been destroyed and two people have been hurt.

Some residents on Morgan Valley Road in Lower Lake saw the flames right in their backyards.

"Really dark smoke was right behind a hill behind our house so we had everything in the car ready to go," said resident Nikki Shatter.

Todd Mayes and his family are also prepared, "My wife's car is full of stuff so at a moments notice we can just pick up and go."

Amy Head with Cal Fire said Saturday's goal was to continue building containment lines, "Our focus obviously is to get our completed line around the perimeter of the fire."

Head added that the rough terrain and drought have contributed to the difficulty of containing this fire.

Nearly 1,600 firefighters from agencies across the state are working hard to extinguish the flames.

The cause is still under investigation.

 

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