Clayton, Lake County

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  • Incident Name: Clayton, Lake County
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: CAL FIRE LNU
  • Size (acres): 3,929
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: Unknown
  • Personnel: 49
  • Structures Destroyed: 300

Clayton, Sonoma-Lake Napa Unit, Cal Fire. One mile southeast of Lower Lake, CA. Chaparral and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Trail closures in effect.

August 26, 2016 at 7:36 AM

Control lines continue to be strengthened and improved. Firefighters are concentrating on fire suppression repair and are assisting returning homeowners. Damage Inspection Teams continue to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 299 structures; including 189 single-family homes, 8 commercial structures, and 102 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. As surveys are completed and additional data is confirmed, the number of structures damaged or destroyed may change.

August 21, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Control lines continue to be strengthened and improved. Firefighters are concentrating on fire suppression repair and are assisting returning homeowners. Damage Inspection Teams continue to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 299 structures; including 189 single-family homes, 8 commercial structures, and 102 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. As surveys are completed and additional data is confirmed, the number of structures damaged or destroyed may change.

CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 3 will transition command of the Clayton Fire to the CAL FIRE/Sonoma Lake Napa Unit on August 21, 2016.

August 19, 2016 at 4:25 PM

The Mandatory Evacuation Order for the community of Lower Lake is to be lifted immediately. To support the safe and orderly return of residents to their properties, the following road closures have been revised:

•The road closure at Main Street, east of the Highway 29 and Highway 53 junction will be removed.

•The road closure at Lake Street, south of Dam Road will be removed.

•The road closure at Jesse Street, east of Highway 53 will be removed.

•The road closure at Morgan Valley Road at Butte Rock Ranch Road will be removed.

Please drive slowly as emergency personnel continue to operate in the area.

August 19, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Firefighters continue to improve and hold existing lines while mopping up hot spots across the fire area.

August 18, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Fire suppression repair has begun in an effort to minimize the effects of the fires damage. Damage Inspection Teams continue to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 300 structures; including 190 single-family homes, 8 commercial structures, and 102 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. As surveys are completed and additional data is confirmed, the number of structures damaged or destroyed may rise.

August 18, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Overnight firefighters continued to mop up and secure more of the fires perimeter. Damage Inspection Teams continue to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 268 structures; including 200 single-family homes, 21 mixed use residential structures, 13 commercial structures, 10 multifamily dwellings, and 72 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. As surveys are completed and additional data is confirmed, the number of structures damaged or destroyed may rise.

August 17, 2016 at 8:20 PM

As of 4:00 PM – August 17 – The following areas will be open to traffic: Areas accessed from Spruce Grove Road, east of Hwy 29 including all of Clayton Creek Road.

As of 3 PM – August 16 – Neighborhoods east of State Highway 53 from Polk Avenue south to Cache Creek. This includes the area of Clearlake referred to as “The Avenues.”

Evacuations: Areas within the fire perimeter served by Morgan Valley Road

Evacuation Centers:
Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3500 Hill Rd. E., Lakeport, CA 95453
Kelseyville High School, 5480 Main Street, Kelseyville, CA 95451
Twin Pines Casino, 22223 Hwy 29, Middletown, CA 95461

Today, firefighters continued to mop up and secure more of the fire’s perimeter. Damage Inspection Teams continue to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 268 structures; including 175 single-family homes, 8 commercial structures, and 85 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. As surveys are completed and additional data is confirmed, the number of structures damaged or destroyed may rise. The Evacuation Order for the area accessed by Spruce Grove Road was lifted today at 4:00 PM.

August 17, 2016 at 9:18 AM

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, located on 18th Avenue in the City of Clearlake, will resume patient care services at the hospital, Wednesday, August 17 at 7am following evacuation orders due to the Clayton Creek Fire.

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake was cleared to resume service by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on August 16, 2016 after a full survey of the hospital facility and all operations. The hospital did not sustain any damage and will be fully staffed to provide patient care in all areas, including the emergency department.

Four of St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake’s primary care clinics opened as scheduled beginning Monday, August 15, to provide care to the community, including Clayton Fire evacuees. Additional outpatient services, including physical therapy and cardiopulmonary care, also welcomed patients. The Konocti Wellness Center located on the campus of Lower Lake High School remains closed.

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake is located at 15630 18th Avenue in Clearlake. Patients may reach the hospital by calling (707) 994-6486.

August 17, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Firefighters made good progress last night and were able to construct additional control lines. Today Damage Inspection Teams will continue to gather damage data in the affected areas. The inspection process is meticulous and ongoing. As additional information becomes available, the numbers of damaged or destroyed structures may change.

Active Evacuations:

Mandatory: Clayton Creek Road, all of Morgan Valley Road, North Spruce Grove Road to Jerusalem Grade.
Advisory: Jerusalem Grade Road

August 16, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Suppression crews made good progress today and were able to construct additional control lines. Damage Inspection Teams continue to gather damage data in the affected areas. The inspection process is meticulous and ongoing. As additional information becomes available, the numbers of damaged or destroyed structures may change. Today at 3PM, 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.

August 16, 2016 at 6:59 AM

Firefighters made considerable progress over night constructing control lines and mopping up hot spots. Expected changes in wind speed and direction continue to challenge control efforts. CAL FIRE Damage Inspection Teams continue to conduct surveys of the fire area in an attempt to determine how many structures may have been damaged or destroyed.

August 15, 2016 at 8:05 PM

pashlikLake County Sheriff announces arrest of suspect believed responsible for ARSON related to #claytonfire. 40-year old Damin  Pashilk was arrested and charged with 17 counts of arson, including the Clayton Fire.

CAL FIRE law enforcement officers, in cooperation with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County District Attorney’s office, arrested a Clearlake man on suspicion of 17 counts of arson in connection with numerous fires in Lake County over the past year.  Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, was booked into the Lake County Jail for arson on Monday, August 15, 2016.  While suspected of arson in many fires in Lake County, Pashilk is also implicated in the Clayton Fire, which has burned over 4,000 acres and destroyed more than 175 structures.  The arson charges Pashilk faces in the Clayton Fire will also carry enhancements due to the destruction of homes and businesses.  State and Local law enforcement officers work diligently in arson cases to aggressively investigate and prosecute those suspected of intentionally starting fires. More.

August 15, 2016 at 7:43 PM

Hwy 53 is fully open again.

August 15, 2016 at 5:07 PM

Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency in Lake County Due to Clayton Fire.

August 15, 2016 at 3:32 PM

For the safety of students, teachers and staff, the Konocti Unified School District schools will be closed for the week of August 15 through August 19 due to the close proximity of the Clayton Fire.

The schools affected by closure include Burns Valley Elementary, East Lake Elementary, Lower Lake Elementary, Pomo Elementary, Lower Lake High School, Lewis Center, Blue Heron School, Carlé High School, Highlands Academy, Konocti Education Center and Clearlake Creativity School.

A plan for the continuance of school operations for the following week will be released on or by Friday, August 19.

August 15, 2016 at 3:27 PM

The public is invited to attend community meetings to be held this evening.

Community meeting #1:
6:00 p.m.
Kelseyville High School
Football field
5480 Main Street
Kelseyville, CA

Community meeting #2:
7:30 p.m.
Twin Pine Casino
South of Middletown
Middletown, CA

The goal of the community meetings is to inform the public of the current fire situation and to discuss the impact of the Clayton Fire on the community.

August 15, 2016 at 1:14 PM

New acreage estimate, 4,000 acres – winds are picking up per CAL FIRE PIO.

August 15, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Information Concerning Donations

Per Lake County CA Sheriff’s Department: North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is re-activating the fire relief fund created during 2015’s devastating Lake County wildfires, and is already working with local organizations to react as quickly as possible to the Clayton fire.

More details about the fund and how to apply will be forthcoming. In the meantime, donations are being accepted at any Mendo Lake Credit Union branch, at any NCO office, or via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=HLU6ZNS7EDQU8. Make checks payable to NCO / Wildfire Relief Fund, and write “Clayton Fire” in the memo section.

August 15, 2016 at 12:01 PM

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California to combat the Clayton Fire burning in Lake County.

August 15, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Photo courtesy Heather M. Shannon

Photo courtesy Heather M. Shannon

The fire continued to burn aggressively through the night. The communities impacted were Lower Lake and Clearlake. Additional resources arrived throughout the night. The fire behavior remains intense. Structures are threatened and currently mandatory evacuations are in place. Structure defense continues. Terrain is grassy oak woodland, heavy brush with difficult access.

The Damage Assessment Team has arrived and will begin the process of documenting destroyed and damaged structures. The data from the Damage Assessment Team will be provided to the Lake County Assessor’s Office once completed.

Evacuation Centers Opened:
Kelseyville High School – 5480 Main St. Kelseyville
Seventh Day Adventist Church – 3500 Hill Road E. Lakeport
Twin Pines Casino – 22223 Hwy 29 Middletown

Advisory Evacuations: Jerusalem Grade Road
Road Closures: Clayton Creek Rd. at Hwy 29 , all of Morgan Valley Road to the Napa Countyline, North Spruce Grove Road and junction of Spruce Grove Rd and Jerusalem Grade South Spruce Grove Road off Hwy 29.

August 15, 2016 at 8:49 AM

CAL FIRE photo

CAL FIRE photo

Per CAL FIRE PIO: Latest damage estimates on the Clayton Fire in Lake County: 175 structures destroyed. Damage assessment continues.

August 15, 2016 at 7:05 AM

The fire is burning aggressively towards the north, crossing Morgan Valley Road and Cache Creek, and is impacting the communities of Lower Lake and Clearlake. St. Helena Hospital, Clearlake has been evacuated. Additional resources arrived throughout the day. The fire behavior remains intense. Structures are threatened and currently mandatory evacuations are in place. Structure defense continues. Terrain is grassy oak woodland, heavy brush with difficult access.

August 14, 2016 at 8:16 PM

The Clearlake Highland Senior Center is closed as an evacuation center, due to a power outage. The following approved evacuation centers are open:

Kelseyville High School – 5480 Main Street, Kelseyville

Twin Pine Casino – 22223 Hwy 29, Middletown

Seventh Day Adventist Church – 3500 Hill Road E. Lakeport

August 14, 2016 at 7:11 PM APPROVED EVACUATION SHELTERS

Twin Pine Casino – 22223 Hwy 29 Middletown

Kelseyville High School – 5480 Main St. Kelseyville

Seventh Day Adventist Church – 3500 Hill Road E. Lakeport

Clearlake Highlands Senior Center – 3245 Bowers Ave. Clearlake

August 14, 2016 at 5:40 PM

The following schools will be closed in the Lower Lake Unified School District due to fire activity: Lower Lake High, Lower Lake Elementary, Carle, Konocti Education Center, Burns Valley, Pomona, East Lake and Clearlake Creativity Center.

August 14, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Due to fire activity in Lower Lake Hwy 29 is closed between Spruce Grove North and Bell Park. Traffic being rerouted

August 14, 2016 at 4:15 PM

In addition to the Highlands Senior Center an American Red Cross shelter is open at Twin Pine Casino. Grace Evangelical Free Church in Kelseyville has also opened for evacuees.

August 14, 2016 at 4:04 PM

Mandatory evacuations ordered per the Clearlake Police Department for residents located in what is commonly known as the Chapman Tract. This area is located east of Highway 53 in the “Avenues.”

The following two evacuation centers have been set up in the south county:

Highland Senior Center
3245 Bowers Ave. Clearlake

Twin Pine Casino & Hotel
22223 Hwy 29 Middletown.

For those wanting to donate items to the evacuation centers, they are not accepting donations at this time. Information concerning where monetary donations will accepted will be forthcoming.

August 14, 2016 at 2:46 PM

State Hwy 53 is closed into all incoming traffic. Traffic only to be allowed on Highway 53 to evacuate the fire area.

August 14, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Evacuations ordered per Clearlake Police Dept for residents in Chapman Tract.

August 14, 2016 at 2:26 PM

Due to the extensive activity in the Lower Lake area of Lake County, as Emergency Services Director of Lake County, Sheriff Brian Martin hereby declares a local public emergency due to the disastrous condition.

August 14, 2016 at 2:17 PM

The fire is now well established in Morgan Valley. Immediate threat to structures on both sides of Morgan Valley Road, propane tanks are venting.

August 14, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Evacuations ordered for Copley creek subdivision, Bonham Rd, and Quartehorse Rd in Lower Lake. Residents urged to leave area immediate

The #ClaytonFire in Lake County is burning between last year's #ValleyFire #RockyFire & #JerusalemFire per CAL FIRE

The #ClaytonFire in Lake County is burning between last year’s #ValleyFire #RockyFire & #JerusalemFire per CAL FIRE

ly. Evacuation center established at Highlands senior center.

August 14, 2016 at 9:20 AM

The fire remained active overnight, expanding an additional 500 acres. Fire behavior is intense. The fire is burning in grassy oak woodlands, heavy brush. Difficult access continues to hamper suppression efforts. Additional resources continue to arrive.

August 14, 2016 at 4:19 AM

Mandatory evacuations on all of Morgan Valley Road to Butte Rock Ranch Road.

August 13, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Evacuations ordered for Stahle Road and Morgan Valley Road to mile marker 7.1.

August 13, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Per Lake County Sheriff: Middletown HS has declined to open their facility for evacuees. Evacuated residents are now directed to respond to the Highlands Senior Center in Clearlake.

August 13, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Evacuations are ordered for the following areas in Lower Lake: Cantwell Ranch Road, Morgan Valley Road, Riata Road, Teklas Road Hale, Daly Hill, Teklas, Spruce Grove Road to Noble Ranch Road and Ellen Springs.

CAL FIRE photo

CAL FIRE photo

Instructions:
Residents should leave area immediately. Middletown High School designated as evacuation center. Coordinating with Red Cross now.

August 13, 2016 at 6:17 PM

Evacuations ordered for Spruce Grove Road North to Old Spruce Grove Road in Middletown. Evacuations for Lower Lake also ordered. Residents urged to leave area immediately.

August 13, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Residents on Clayton Creek Road and Ellen Springs area ordered to evacuate. Shelter being established at Twin Pine Casino.