LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — A wildfire burning in south Clearlake is forcing evacuations in Lake County.
By Wednesday afternoon, Cal Fire said the fire had burned 80 acres and was 20% contained.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued mandatory evacuation orders and evacuation warnings Wednesday for areas of south Clearlake, a portion of Lower Lake and communities southeast of the city.
Evacuees can go to the shelter set up at Kelseyville High School at 5480 Main St. in Kelseyville.
Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin posted on Facebook Wednesday afternoon about evacuating elementary schools and a high school in the town of Lower Lake.
“It’s safe to say that if you’re in Lower Lake, you should probably get out of here,” Martin said.
Martin posted on Facebook later in the evening announcing that Highway 29 and Highway 53 are open but evacuation orders and warnings are still effect.
He also said several dozen homes were lost to the fire and there was one civilian injury reported.
No information was released on how the fire began.
This story is developing.