Fast-Moving Wildfire Burning in Lake County; Mandatory Evacuations Ordered

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LAKE COUNTY —

Firefighters are battling a 5,000-acre fire off Jerusalem Grade Road, 7 miles northeast of Middletown in Lake County.

The fire, which started about 3:40 p.m., Sunday afternoon is being called the Jerusalem Fire.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the Jerusalem Valley area east of Soda Creek. Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove. Fire and emergency vehicles will be working in the area.

Crews are taking an aggressive approach, using five air tankers and three helicopters to battle the flames, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

A Red Cross evacuation center is located at Middletown High School. An evacuation center for pets and animals is located at the old water park at 6885 Old Highway 53 in Clearlake.

The cause of the Jerusalem Fire is under investigation.

Lake County is where the Rocky Fire has scorched nearly 70,000 acres. It is 85 percent contained. The Jerusalem Fire is burning about 7 miles southwest of the Rocky Fire.

Cal Fire says it’s possible the two fires could merge.

Resources from the Rocky Fire have been diverted to the new fire.

Stay with FOX40 and FOX40.com for updates on this developing story.

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